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quay brothers

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The Quay Brothers made lush, dreamlike films that I know almost nothing about.  It seems strange to me that such talent – and so close by (they’re from Philly) – is almost unknown, except among the … people who know them.  Instead of this stuff, we like tripe, I guess. 

From an interesting article by James Rose:

On our father’s side there were two grandfathers, one a tailor from Berlin who had a shop in South Philly, and the other, who was apparently a cabinetmaker… Our mother’s father was excellent at carpentry and was also a chauffeur when Philly only had five automobiles to its name. So! In terms of puppetry it’s surprisingly all there – carpentry, mechanisms and tailoring and figure skating to music to score any of our aberrant tracking shots. Big deal, will this help you dear fellow?


Written by Peter Rudd

March 12, 2009 at 9:18 am

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