Wednesday, September 30

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The Quay Brothers in 35mm

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New 35mm Prints!

A Touring Package of Four Films Curated by Christopher Nolan

September 25 – October 1

(1986, 1991, 2000) dir Quay Brothers [67 min; 35mm]
Featuring IN ABSENTIA, THE COMB, STREET OF CROCODILES and the world premiere of Christopher Nolan’s QUAY. In all new 35mm prints!

“American identical twins working in London, stop motion animators Stephen and Timothy Quay (born 1947 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) find their inspiration in Eastern European literature and classical music and art, their work distinguished by its dark humor and an uncanny feeling for color and texture. Masters of miniaturization, they turn their tiny sets into unforgettable worlds suggestive of long-repressed childhood dreams. These three Quay masterworks, selected by director Christopher Nolan, feature broken pencils and lead shavings in IN ABSENTIA (2000; “a dazzling piece of work” – The Guardian); a porcelain doll’s explorations of a dreamer’s imagination in THE COMB (1991; “most beautiful of their recent films” – The New Yorker); and the nightmarish netherworld of STREET OF CROCODILES (1986; “their crowning achievement” – Film Comment); and for the first time ever, QUAY (2015), Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio.” – Notes from the Film Forum, NYC

“Stop-motion surrealism? Meet the Quay brothers.” by Tom Russo, The Boston Globe

“To enter the impossible, haunted night of a Quay Brothers film is to become complicit in one of the most perverse and obsessive acts of cinema.” – Michael Atkinson, Film Comment

“Eerily moving. These astonishing artists, working in an unlikely form, awaken our senses. They combine a demiurgic, Caligari-like mastery over their creations with the gentle dream archeology of Joseph Cornell: their puppets look less like things invented than like things discovered.” – Terrence Rafferty, The New Yorker

“One of Christopher Nolan’s greatest achievements! A dazzling collection of experimental shorts…the program forces viewers to open their eyes to a different kind of cinematic experience.” – Indiewire

Supplemental Reading:
In preparation for our screenings of THE QUAY BROTHERS ON 35MM, we’ve compiled a selection of articles and reviews about the films as well as Christopher Nolan’s involvement with this new program. Read more on Brattle Film Notes

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Friday 9/25
at 4:00 5:45 7:30 9:15
Saturday 9/26
at 2:15 4:00 5:45 7:30 9:15
Sunday 9/27
at 2:15 4:00 5:45 7:30 9:15
Monday 9/28
(No Screenings)
Tuesday 9/29
at 8:00 9:30
Wednesday 9/30
at 8:30 10:00
Thursday 10/1
at 8:00 9:30

Brattle passes accepted. All times PM unless noted.