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Directed by
Peter Fischli 
David Weiss 
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(in alphabetical order)
Peter Fischli  writer
David Weiss  writer

Cinematography by
Pio Corradi 
Film Editing by
Mirjam Krakenberger 
Rainer Trinkler 

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France:30 min | Switzerland:30 min (original version)

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A Rube Goldberg invention on video, 28 July 2003
Author: SamAdams15 from San Jose, California

I've seen this amazing piece perhaps six or seven times in the course of showing it to others, and I'm always amazed every time I see it. It seems to be deceptively simple by the flawless execution of one kinetically or chemically motivated piece of junk affecting another piece of junk, but it happens only because of the hours and hours of thought and patient testing these two whimsical geniuses invested for exactly the effect they want.

It reminds me of the cartoons of Rube Goldberg, or the game of "Mousetrap", where turning a crank starts a series of cascading and improbable events which leads to catching the mouse. Rube Goldberg was well before my time, alas, but his whimsical spirit continues with wonderful works like this.

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