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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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The Animated Frame and Beyond

The Animated Frame and Beyond

(p.198) (p.199) 7. The Animated Frame and Beyond
The Quay Brothers

Suzanne Buchan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses how the Quay Brothers’ small-scale puppet animations turned into feature and live-action films. In addition to their independent filmmaking engagements, they also took charge of stage performances such as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Jonathan Miller, 1996), the opera Mazeppa (Richard Jones, 1991), and the ballet Queen of Spades (Kim Brandstrup, 2001). They were particularly assigned to the decorative, architectural, and narrative design of these performances. This chapter then explores how these performances contributed to the film techniques used by the Quay Brothers in their entry into the field of feature and live-action films. These include The Comb [From the Museums of Sleep] (1990), De Artificiali Perspectiva, or Anamorphosis (1991), Stille Nacht Series, Institute Benjamenta (1995), The Summit (1995), In Absentia (2000), and Frida (2002).

Keywords:   feature films, live-action films, Quay Brothers, puppet animations

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