A tear falls from the eyes of a veiled face. A white ball whips around a heart-shaped paddle. A mournful voice sings, "Are we still married?" A child's stuffed rabbit watches, sees ... See full summary »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Loosely based on the Mesopotamian "Epic of Gilgamesh", here Gilgamesh is portrayed as a grotesque, Picasso-esque being who uses a tricycle to patrol his box-shaped kingdom that hovers above a dark abyss.
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 »
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 »
Imagine a music video with the sets of a Carl Th. Dreyer film, animation that goes from dolls to pixalated humans, set to the Lynchian pop of His Name Is Alive.
If your confused, just find a copy of Kino Video's _Brothers Quay Collection_. I was in New Orleans and staying at a friend's. I still hadn't caught on to DVD, but he had a player in his apartment. So I went to the Virgin mega-store down the street and found this DVD in their special interests section. I was quite disturbed at first, but years later this (and many other Quay works) has become a major influence on my own music videos.
If you are a fan of early cinema and His Name Is Alive (or anything else on the 4AD label (This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, Pixies) then you should really check this piece out. The DVD contains 11 films and is usually priced at around $20.
Julie Taymor's _Frida_ features the animation of the Quay Brothers in the dream that Frida has in the hospital after her accident. Their animation was disgustedly trimmed and edited for the film, but if you've seen it, you at least have an idea of the brilliance these twin brothers are capable of.
And while your out buying stuff, see if you can find a copy of _Mouth to Mouth_ by His Name Is Alive. It contains the song _Can't Go Wrong Without You_ and the rest of the album is great as well. I found an unopened copy of it on eBay for a fair price. It seems that all the really good music, videos, and film go out of print.
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