Be aware, these are artistic miniatures and not mere bagatelles!,
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This review is from: The Quay Brothers - The Short Films 1979-2003 (Two Discs) [DVD] (DVD)
Following the exhibition in the Museum Of Modern Art in New York recently I was re-inspired by their work. I was familiar with the Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and the Institute Benjamenta, but until my visit to the gallery was not acquainted with their short films.
The Quay brothers hail from Philadelphia, but much of the work on these discs emanate from work completed in their London Studio. Their obsession with detail and minutiae is part of the hook which draws the viewer in. The viewer is no longer the fisher but the fish in the surreal nightmares which unfold on the screen.
The Quay Brothers might be unfamiliar, but perhaps their commercial work is not . An example of this is their pop video for Peter Gabriel `Sledge Hammer' (not on this DVD). In the world of pop videos and tv advertisements they are very influential and have spawned many imitators and others who have stolen their ideas wholesale. Some of you might be familiar with Fred Stuhr's video for Tool's video of their song `Sober'.
By using broken dolls, dust and dirt, rusting screws, machines exposing fleshy insides- using stop-start animation techniques; places the observer in an uncomfortable but compelled position.
Not all their films are on these discs however and are ones commissioned by Channel 4 tv in the UK
And include the marvellously dark and incomprehensible Street of Crocodiles when a voyeur unleashes a scenario within a encaged world, with little light and controlled by wires. The story is about curiosity, decay and detritus within which some life lurks within every shadow. But enough of my construct of what it might be about. I urge you to watch the film yourself.