The most famous of their films is The Street of Crocodiles, which revolves around a mysterious miniature world (the eponymous street) housed in an antique kinetoscope in an old museum somewhere in Eastern Europe. After a live-action opening, which shows the activation of the world by an offering of saliva from the museum caretaker, the film switches to the dusty, ramshakle world inside the machine. This world is populated by a variety of strange, psuedomechanical beings (many taking the form of porcelain-faced dolls) their that go about their "life" oblivious to their surroundings. Within this ghetto, a lanky, almost spider-like, "man" wanders, exploring his environment; the camera that follows his actions moving almost like another character itself (leading some to describe the camera as "the third puppet" (Rose, 2010)).
|Fig. 1 The Street of Crocodiles [Film Still]|
List of Illustrations
Figure 1. Atelier Konick (1987) The Street of Crocodiles [Film Still] [Online] At: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6NsKPj5241M/TQ7TgXNMNyI/AAAAAAAAALw/aNsMv5cllGs/s1600/quay.jpg (Accessed on 08/04/2011)
Fitzpatrick, T (1997) The Brothers Quay [Online] At: http://www.awn.com/heaven_and_hell/QUAY/quay1.htm (Accessed on 08/04/2011)
Mazierska, E (2011) Quay, Brothers (1947 - ) In: BFI Screenonline [Online] At: http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/498256/ (Accessed on 08/04/2011)
Rose, J (2010) Stephen and Timothy Quay In: Senses of Cinema [Online] At: http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2004/great-directors/quay_brothers/ (Accessed on 08/04/2011)
Zeitgeist Films Staff (2011) The Short Films of the Quay Brothers In: Zeitgeist Films [Online] At: http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/film.php?directoryname=quayretrospective&mode=filmmaker (Accessed on 08/04/2011)