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Tales from the Vienna Woods (1992)

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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 »

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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 bullet is visible whirling through space; it caroms and then goes through a pine cone. A long spoon emerges from a drawer in the chair and stretches toward the hand. The bullet is on the spoon. Later, the hand holds the bullet between two fingers; another shot is fired. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Catcheth the eternal bullet
21 June 2013 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

Ah-ha, more excellent supreme dark and surreal enchantment for the mind, courtesy of the magicians Quay! In some kind of ancient dusty chamber, an apparition of a disembodied hand flits about in a comically macabre fashion, it presses a kind of switch, a rifle emerges out of the nearby "woods" and fires at the centrepiece of the ethereal shadowy room: a bizarre multi-legged table with antlers that hangs suspended in midair. The bullet hits the object and is then caught by an eerily-long spoon that emerges from the table, which then appears to take it back from whence it came, and then the whole event begins to repeat again.... What the heck do you mean, O strange little beautifully-textured vision I see before me? Was the whole thing some kind of metaphor for an animal that had been shot in the woods-like a deer perhaps? It matters not, because nothing makes sense, and yet everything is somehow perfect that way-wouldn't have it different! Half the fun of the Quay shorts is inventing your own little interpretations of the imagery and what you see happening before you. You have to allow the eye to wander... There's just something about the way they did the animation that positively commands the eye. What you do see admittedly isn't all that much, but there's always something magical and compellingly mysterious in the simplicity. I love the haunting ominous music, and the weird noises that sound like a muted television playing, and I love the lulling sound of a man's distant voice that can be heard. His voice is downright hypnotic, you can only really make out the brooding emotion of it, and not the words themselves. There's something almost fairytale-like about all the Quay's films. They're all undeniably dark, dingy and disturbing, but fascinating in turn-and yet it's not a horrific, frightening kind of darkness, they're not trying to give you nightmares, they're merely playing off your moods and emotions-it's a peaceful shadowed realm, like unto a dark dream.... It's almost like they're trying to show glimpses of a world we only ever half-see when we're sleeping. It resonates with the part of the mind that exists on the level of dreams-or nightmares, or something in between...it's all good! See ya.


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