Banquet of Oddities: Films of the Brothers Quay


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

The Brothers Quay

Screenings: 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm
James Fiumara will introduce the 6:30 pm screening.

James Fiumara is a Ph.D. candidate in English and Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation explores the aesthetics of sound in the classical-era Hollywood horror film. He has published an article on the Quay Brothers film Street of Crocodiles in the journal Kinoeye and has presented conference papers at the Society of Cinema & Media Studies and the Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Tickets: $6, $5 faculty/staff, $4 seniors, and $3 all students
574-631-2800 or visit the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center website

Directed by The Brothers Quay
NR, 75 minutes

This is the stuff of dreams and delusion. The Quay twins’ stop-motion animates jittery puppets in shorts operate on nearly subconscious level, their abstract, surrealist imagery hopelessly confounding literal interpretations. Shadowy Black-and-white opaqueness and stunningly active cinematography recreate the irrational logic of alluring fright.

Enjoy seven masterworks of delirium: Street of Crocodiles; Stille Nacht I; Stille Nacht II; Stille Nacht III; Still Nacht IV; The Comb; and Rehearsal of Extinct Anatomies.