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What's your favorite film by the Quay Brothers?

haven't seen any
7 (58.3%)
don't like any
1 (8.3%)
other
0 (0%)
Nocturna Artificialia
0 (0%)
This Unnameable Little Broom
0 (0%)
The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer
0 (0%)
Street of Crocodiles
1 (8.3%)
Stille Nacht I
0 (0%)
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies
0 (0%)
The Comb
0 (0%)
Are We Still Married (Stille Nacht II)
0 (0%)
Tales from the Vienna Woods (Stille Nacht III)
0 (0%)
De Artificiali Perspectiva
0 (0%)
Stille Nacht IV
0 (0%)
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life
2 (16.7%)
In Absentia
0 (0%)
The Phantom Museum
0 (0%)
The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes
0 (0%)
Eurydice: She, So Beloved
0 (0%)
Alice in Not So Wonderland
0 (0%)
Maska
1 (8.3%)
Through the Weeping Glass
0 (0%)
Unmistaken Hands: Ex Voto F.H.
0 (0%)
Asleep, I Hear My Name
0 (0%)
The Doll's Breath
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 12

Author Topic: Quay, Stephen & Timothy  (Read 1496 times)

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Quay, Stephen & Timothy
« on: June 16, 2011, 02:55:07 PM »
1. Institute Benjamenta
2. Anamorphosis (De Artificiali Perspecta)
3. In Absentia

4. The Unnameable Little Broom
4. Stille Nacht I

5. The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer
6. Street of Crocodiles
7. The Comb
8. Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies
9. Stille Nacht IV
10. Stille Nacht III
11. Stille Nacht II (Are We Still Married?)

12. The Calligrapher
13. The Phantom Museum
14. Noctura Artificialia



I was a little perplexed about which films to include in the poll, but I basically went with the ones that had a reasonable number of votes on IMDb.

I'm sure I've seen one or two of the shorts at some point, but I can't recall which ones.

2013 edit: now I know which ones
« Last Edit: February 28, 2022, 08:56:28 AM by 1SO »

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Re: Quay, Stephen & Timothy - Director's Best
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2011, 07:00:34 PM »
I know what you mean. I kind of remember Street of Crocodiles and saw PianoTuner of Earthquakes and a mix intro that I think is called Tales of the Brothers Quay. Thought I'd seen their Alice in Wonderland, but that was Jan Svankmajer. I hope someone will come forward and recommend some great ones.

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Re: Quay, Stephen & Timothy - Director's Best
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2011, 09:19:26 PM »
Top 4 ranked, the rest alphabetical in those nicely colored groups:

Institute Benjamenta
In Absentia
Street of Crocodiles
The Comb

Stille Nacht I: Dramolet
Stille Nacht II: Are We Still Married?
Eurydice, She so Beloved
Maska
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies
Stille Nacht IV: Can't Go Wrong Without You
The Summit
Through the Weeping Glass
Anamorphosis
The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer
Nocturna Artificialia
The Phantom Museum
Songs for Dead Children
Stille Nacht III: Tales from Vienna Woods
This Unnameable Little Broom
Unmistaken Hands
« Last Edit: February 17, 2016, 11:30:47 PM by goodguy »

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Re: Quay, Stephen & Timothy - Director's Best
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2014, 08:48:39 PM »
The Comb
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What The Brothers Quay do, they do really well. Technically, I would call them pioneers in stop motion animation. The images are like sets you want to take home with you afterwards, and hopefully scare the crap out of your little brother or disturb your aunt for days afterwards. However, they use style over substance in a way that makes Terry Gilliam a dry, reserved filmmaker by comparison. I can't get involved in the emotions of the story because my brain is working so hard trying to figure out what's going on. Too much talent, too little focus and restraint.

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Re: Quay, Stephen & Timothy
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2022, 09:38:31 AM »
1. Maska
2. Street of Crocodiles
3. Anamorphosis (De Artificiali Perspecta)
4. Stille Nacht I: Dramolet
5. The Calligrapher

6. The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer
7. Stille Nacht II: Are We Still Married?

8. The Comb
9. Institute Benjamenta
10. Stille Nacht IV: Can't Go Wrong Without You
11. Eurydice, She so Beloved
12. Stille Nacht III: Tales from Vienna Woods
13. Alice in Not So Wonderland
14. Nocturna Artificalia


Street of Crocodiles best defines their style. Wonderful atmosphere, incomprehensible storytelling (which is fine at 20 minutes). 2010's Maska is their 2nd peak and I put it on top because it shows how they've grown over the years. It's also easier to follow, like the Quays adapting Under the Skin.

I'm harsher on Institute Benjamenta because I like them better in short form, where the style can vary from film to film. 100 minutes of sameness is punishing.

 

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