The Quay Brothers in 35mm
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The Quay Brothers in 35mm
A TOURING PACKAGE OF FOUR FILMS CURATED BY CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
Featuring IN ABSENTIA, THE COMB, STREET OF CROCODILES and the world premiere of Christopher Nolan’s QUAY. In all new 35mm prints!
“American identical twins working in London, stop motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay (born 1947 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) find their inspiration in Eastern European literature and classical music and art, their work distinguished by its dark humor and an uncanny feeling for color and texture. Masters of miniaturization, they turn their tiny sets into unforgettable worlds suggestive of long-repressed childhood dreams. These three Quay masterworks, selected by director Christopher Nolan, feature broken pencils and lead shavings in IN ABSENTIA (2000; “a dazzling piece of work” – The Guardian); a porcelain doll’s explorations of a dreamer’s imagination in THE COMB (1991; “most beautiful of their recent films” – The New Yorker); and the nightmarish netherworld of STREET OF CROCODILES (1986; “their crowning achievement” – Film Comment); and for the first time ever, QUAY (2015), Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. All four films in 35mm.” –Film Forum
See these films in 35mm in a theater if at all possible! For those of you who can't and those of you who can but want more, the short films of the Quay Brothers are now available on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray features Christopher Nolan’s short film ‘Quay’ as well as three recent films not on our 2007 DVD collection.
Poster designed by Matt Frost.
To sample the Quay brothers’ febrile, claustrophobic animated work is to become an enthusiastic if uneasy convert. And the latest disciple would appear to be Christopher Nolan, the canniest straddler of big-budget popcorn fare and art house ambitions in memory (“Interstellar,” “Inception”). Before screening his new short film, “Quay,” which pokes around the Quays’ studio, Mr. Nolan will present new 35-millimeter prints of three of the duo’s shorts: “In Absentia,” “The Comb” and the unforgettable “Street of Crocodiles.” (That fleshy stopwatch!)
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