The Essential Shorts, Part I
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
The Calligrapher Parts I, II, III. 1991
Great Britain. Rejected television spots for a BBC2 rebranding campaign testify to the filmmakers’ roots in graphic art. 1 min.
The Cabinet of Jan vankmajer
1984. Great Britain. Originally part of a live-action documentary, this short is a tribute to the influence of the Eastern European avant-garde. 14 min.
1980. Great Britain. An adaptation of the Franz Kafka story A Fratricide inspired by the Quays’ own “black drawings,” this is the second of their tentative efforts at puppet animation. 6 min.
Street of Crocodiles
1986. Great Britain. Breakthrough stop-motion puppet film adapted from the Bruno Schulz story of the same name. 21 min.
Bruno Schulz, Fragments and Scenes—Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass
2006. Great Britain. This pilot for the Quays’ third feature film is an adaptation of the final novel by Bruno Schulz. 9 min.
The Comb [From the Museums of Sleep]
1990. Great Britain. Narrated by Witold Scheybal. From author Robert Walser, a fairy tale on the theme of confinement and a key work in the Quays’ merger of animation with live action. 18 min.
2000. Great Britain. With composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, inspired by the obsessive writing of the German psychiatric patient Emma Hauck (1878–1920). 20 min.
Program 89 min.
In the Film exhibition Lip-Reading Puppets: The Curators’ Prescription for Deciphering the Quay Brothers
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