Sunday, August 22, 2010
THE QUAY BROTHERS SHORT FILMS
The Quay Brothers are twins; as a twin I understand the need to create a shared language, a personal vision of the world infused with a distinctive singular meaning. The Quay Brothers create a world populated with the organic and the inanimate, all hauntedly alive. This is magic cinema, artfully created, uncanny and odd. Their work suggests an obsessive concern with detail infused with ghostly eastern european angst and antique longings. The liquid movement they create with stop-action animation straddles the divide between a wet-eyed evocation of the "alive" and phantom mummification. Their hermetic twin-ness dressed in meticulous personal architecture and iconography allows us a glimpse into the uncomfortable "reality" of a buried dream. Stills are from "Street of Crocodiles"(1986, 21 minutes).