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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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These Things Never Happen but are Always

These Things Never Happen but are Always

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The Quay Brothers

Suzanne Buchan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines how the Quay Brothers embraced postmodernism by integrating New Expressionism into their feature films Institute Benjamenta (1995) and The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes (2005). Some of the postmodernistic styles that they have used include magic realism and neo-baroque. Magic realism is an artistic style that accepts that there is magic in a rational world. Neo-baroque is an artistic style that dwells on illusionism and the questionable nature of “reality.”

Keywords:   New Expressionism, Institute Benjamenta, The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes, magic realism, neo-baroque

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