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Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers
Phantom Museums The Short Films of the Quay Brothers
Director: Quay Brothers
Genres: Documentary
NR     2007     4hr 21min

Two of the world?s most original filmmakers, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have been creating their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for nearly 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult follow...  more »


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Director: Quay Brothers
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 04/24/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 4hr 21min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

I must be dreaming.
Berlinale | NYC | 01/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a long time Quay fan this is manna. I went to the Zeitgeist web site and it sounds nothing short of incredible:

Box Synopsis:

Since the late 1970s, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have made a unique contribution to animation in general and the puppet film in particular. Filtering arcane visual, literary, musical, cinematic and philosophical influences through their own utterly distinctive sensibility, each Quay film rivets the attention through hypnotic control of décor, music and movement, evoking half-remembered dreams and long-suppressed childhood memories, fascinating and deeply unsettling in turn.

This new two-disc set contains thirteen of their classic short films in brand-new, restored and remastered editions, plus a collection of footnotes including extensive interviews, alternative versions, unrealized pilot projects and more. The Quays were extensively involved with the preparation of this set--from personally supervising the transfers to recording audio commentaries for selected works.

Zeitgeist Films is proud to present Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers in exclusive slipcase packaging--with a 24-page illustrated booklet including an extensive Quay Brothers Dictionary and a new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson.

The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984)
*This Unnameable Little Broom (Epic of Gilgamesh) (1985)
*Street of Crocodiles (1986), plus original treatment
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987)
*Stille Nacht I (Dramolet) (1988)
The Comb (1990)
Anamorphosis (1991)
*Stille Nacht II (Are We Still Married?) (1992)
*Stille Nacht III (Tales From Vienna Woods) (1993)
Stille Nacht IV (Can't Go Wrong Without You) (1994)
*In Absentia (2000)
The Phantom Museum (2003)

*Includes Quay Brothers audio commentary

Nocturna Artificialia (1979)
The Calligrapher (1991)
The Summit (1995)
In Absentia in Scope (2000)
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies in Scope (1987)
Quay Brothers Introduction (2006)
Archive Interview (2000)
The Falls Excerpt (1980, Peter Greenaway)
BFI Distribution Ident (1991)
Institute Benjamenta and Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Trailers


What does it mean?
C. Spears | 06/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have often wondered what the films of the Brothers Quay mean. Or more precisely, if they have any meaning at all. Thanks to the excellent extras included with this DVD set I am finally starting to get an inkling. However, the main attraction of this set are the films themselves, which are presented in beautiful, pristine condition. I have viewed these films on an earlier DVD collection, but the quality of "Phantom Museums" blows it away! "Phantom Museums" actually includes a couple films I have not seen before! A must for fans!"
...forgetting Stockhausen?
James Wood | 05/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...yes, this edition is nothing short of AMAZING! -what makes this edition more appealing to me is not only the beautifully remastered versions of these dark and haunting films but the 2 added shorts, especially In Absentia, using german composer Karlhienz Stockhausen's score. The inventor of pure electronic music!"
Ha Ha TOOL fans
Burnt Fur | Boston MA | 02/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"TOOL videos totally rip these films off!

Some of the most haunting film ever created, all together captivating and horrific yet beautiful. It's worth seeing and showing others! Street Of Crocodiles is most amazing."