“Through a dirty pane of glass” – the Brothers Quay

From an interview transcript on Senses of Cinema:

Their films in recent years have confused the boundaries between live action and animation and it seems that it is in this direction that the Quay Brothers have chosen to pursue their experiments. Aside from their films, the Quays have produced video clips, stage décors, advertisements, and dance videos. This multifaceted mode of expression can only in part explain their success. This success ultimately rests on the elusive power of their films, which have elicited the curiosity and admiration of animation directors, film students, visual artists, literary scholars, philosophers. It seems that all their films address a certain ‘plurality of margins’, precisely because they resist all forms of distinct classifications. They are, in other words, invitations for an intense journey, a walk through an unpolished looking-glass.

Watch them on YouTube before lawyers send nasty cease-and-desist letters and get them all taken off:

The Epic of Gilgamesh (1985)

(Thanks Table of Malcontents)


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