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Plaster Caster

91 minutes 2002

Cynthia Plaster Caster's notoriety dates back to the 1960s, when, given an art assignment to cast "something solid," she began casting rock stars' penises. This competent documentary (2001) by local filmmaker Jessica Villines presents her and her work in mind-numbing detail, including multiple views of her most famous artifact, a cast of Jimi Hendrix's member. Danny Doll Rod of the Demolition Doll Rods gets cast on camera, and other musicians recall their encounters with her, including some who lost it (the plaster is cold). Critic Camille Paglia describes Plaster Caster's work as "totemistic," as an example of "women taking control," yet in the end it seems oddly mundane. The whole thing might have been better as unrealized conceptual art; as one man in the street puts it, "Disembodied penises [are] not very interesting."

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