Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Brothers Quay, Day 3

The Brothers Quay taught a class entitled ANIMATED FILM wherein we viewed a number of films, primarily from former soviet states.

They're not proud of it, but they did it: they made a few commercials for Monsanto's Roundup Weed Killer. We watched them, they were good.

They also made a commercial for Badoit, here.

They made a commercial for Murphy's beer as well, but I can't find a link.

We watched Tex Avery's Red Hot Riding Hood:

We viewed Yuri Norstein's The Tale of Tales:

Why is it that dead-air is not allowed?

Is pathos a flattening-out whereas sadness has layers?

We watched their collaboration with Ralf Ralf, The Summit
not unlike Sigur Ros' ( ):

NOTE: the Brothers Quay had no part in the making of the above video.

The Brothers seek to split the text apart so as to allow movement through the image and not to be overwhelmed by the text, and sometimes to suspend it.

We viewed their Piano Tuner of Earthquakes:

which they say is an homage to Adolfo Bioy Casares' The Invention of Morel

They said of this, "We have a lot of reverence for the texts we use and we wonder if maybe as a secret revenge we hit the images hard, we explode the images."

We then watched Kon Ichikawa's An Actor's Revenge:

Following this with Borowczyk's adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's Rosalie:

Then we watched The Hedgehog and the Fog Yuri Norstein & Francheska Yarbusova:


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