8.4/10
385
9 user 6 critic

Tales of the Brothers Quay (1987)

The Films of the Brothers Quay (original title)
| Animation, Documentary
Tales of the Brothers Quay Poster
Trailer
1:13 | Trailer
Reviews

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man closes up a lecture hall; he reaches into a box and snips the string holding a gaunt puppet. Released, the puppet warily explores the darkened rooms about him. Screws twist out of ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Stars: Feliks Stawinski
In Absentia (2000)
Short | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A woman sits alone on a chair at a table in a room on one of the top floors of an asylum. Bright spot lights dot the night, sometimes shining on her window. She sharpens pencils and writes ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Stars: Marlene Kaminsky
Drama | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dark fairy-tale about a demonic doctor who abducts a beautiful opera singer with designs on transforming her into a mechanical nightingale.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Stars: Amira Casar, Gottfried John, Assumpta Serna
Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant. With seven other men, he studies under Lisa: absurd lessons ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Stars: Mark Rylance, Alice Krige, Gottfried John
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Prague, a professorial puppet, with metal pincers for hands and an open book for a hat, takes a boy as a pupil. First, the professor empties fluff and toys from the child's head, leaving... See full summary »

Directors: Keith Griffiths, Stephen Quay, and 1 more credit »
Maska (2010)
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Stars: Magdalena Cielecka
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Near an extraordinary chair with many legs, a hand is visible gripping an edge. The hand is weathered, the fingers cracked and scarred. The end of a rifle appears and a shot fires. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Stars: Simon Keenlyside, Kenneth Tharp, Zenaida Yanowsky
The Summit (TV Movie 1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Two men seek to negotiate an agreement of international significance.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Stars: Barnaby Stone, Jonathan Stone
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A magnet moves on a floor. A moth beats against a window. A doll child watches the magnet; threads of metal filings gather around the magnet. The doll, who's sitting at a table, looks in a ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An enigmatic story told in seven chapters, each introduced by an elliptical sentence on a title card. A man is in an apartment. He goes outside where a red tram runs beside a cathedral. He ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Stars: Lutz Becker
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Also Known As:

Tales of the Brothers Quay  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,051 (USA) (11 September 2015)

Gross:

$35,275 (USA) (11 September 2015)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Edited from Nocturna Artificialia (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Disappointing
12 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I appreciate the high quality surreal animation, but was otherwise disappointed by this. Nearly all of the imagery comes from Jan Svankmajor, without Svankmajor's wit, whimsy, and story telling abilities. "Street Of The Crocodiles, which I had heard...(read more)...(read more) so much about, was beautiful and ephemeral, it just didn't touch on any new nerves for me. However those who enjoy the more abstract side of animation may find this right up their alley, but if your looking for macabre, literate, Rube Goldbergian animation with storytelling to match it's visual lushness, I would try some "an Svankmajor short films, otherwise this is all you.


1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I can't BELIEVE this!!! luna_iscool
Where can I find the Classical Music? flatlinebeforedeath
Screenshot help Mr_Vengeance_11
Discuss Tales of the Brothers Quay (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page