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The Quay BrothersInto a Metaphysical Playroom$
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Suzanne Buchan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816646586

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816646586.001.0001

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Authentic Trappers in Metaphysical Playrooms

Authentic Trappers in Metaphysical Playrooms

(p.xxviii) (p.1) 1. Authentic Trappers in Metaphysical Playrooms
The Quay Brothers

Suzanne Buchan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the flight of the Quay Brothers from their hometown in Philadelphia to London in their pursuit of filmmaking. The Quay Brothers’ early animation films are Der Loop der Loop, Il Duetto, and Palais en Flammes. These were followed by collaborations with their British friend Keith Griffiths, including Nocturna Artificialia: Those Who Desire Without End (1979), Punch and Judy: Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy (1980), and films commissioned by the Channel Four film department, including Igor: The Paris Years Chez Pleyel (1982), Leoš Janáček: Intimate Excursions (1983), and The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer: Prague’s Alchemist of Film (1984). Quay Brothers and Keith Griffiths’ first independent film: Street of Crocodiles. Street of Crocodiles signifies the flight of the Quay Brothers from the metaphysical playroom (animism and vitalism) to explore more complex expressive possibilities in filmmaking.

Keywords:   Quay Brothers, Philadelphia, London, Keith Griffiths, Street of Crocodiles, metaphysical playroom

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