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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
A young man goes to a school for servants run by a brother and sister. In the dreamlike and surreal world that he enters, how will his presence impact the people there and possibly even the school itself?
welcome to the grim and enchanted forest of Stephen & Timothy Quay
Unconventional in almost every way imaginable, this heavily stylized near-masterpiece of avant garde animation directly visits the depths of the human mind in this profound and slightly disturbing meditation on the magic of dreams. The colors pop, and the animation sparkles with perfection. By 1991, the Brothers Quay had flat out mastered the art of stop motion animation, because in this film, the animated characters' movements are so spot on and flawless that it's ridiculous. Whenever something moved, I felt like my jaw was going to drop because of how much obvious effort was put into such tiny details within the brief production.
This is easily the most dreamlike of the Brothers Quay films that I have seen so far as it accurately captures the unconscious mind. Arguably, this unconscious-mind-capturing can be found in all of the films produced by Stephen and Timothy Quay, but this film does it most directly by literally being about a dream!
the only real problem I had wit this great experimental short was how slow it felt at times. While their films are some of the most magical and beautiful of all time, I must admit that the greatest fault of the Brothers Quay is their ability to make their films unfortunately slow paced. While I was extremely engaged at certain points, a small fraction of my first viewing of "The Comb" featured no more than my mind wandering, pondering other topics, something that I never like happening while watching a film. So, warning, if you're impatient, the territory of the Brothers Quay's magnificent animations may not be one you should trespass.
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