Thursday, May 14, 2009

WATCH: Surrealist stop motion, "Street of Crocodiles" by the Brothers Quay

Going to Drohobych this weekend and it got me to thinking about Drohobychian author/artist Bruno Schultz, which then got me to thinking about the Quay Brothers' stellar interpretation of his novella, Street of Crocodiles.

Set in the author's home town during the interwar years, when there was forced assimilation and a growing consumer culture, it is a surreal analysis of a spiritually bankrupt society. And the film is a barren and highly stylized exploration of the novel's desperate psychologies:

Street of Crocodiles (1986) 1/2

Street of Crocodiles (1986) 2/2

SEE ALSO: Tool's reworking of the Quay Brother's imagery

Prison Sex (1995)

SOVIET ANIMATION: Hedgehog in the Fog (1975) by Yuriy Norshteyn

LOOK: Naïve artist, Nikifor from Krynika


Owen said...

Been too busy, been meaning to get back here, but waves keep breaking over my head... can see things are percolating along in the Ukraine... in surreal and wonderful ways...

anya said...

I read the book but i never knew about this movie. Glad you post it, i like it much, though it makes me really sad:-(

Perepichka said...

have a nice trip to Drogobych and come back with new cool posts and bad ass photos.

BoneFarm said...

I've seen this film many times since recording it off PBS in 89. It is very surreal and eerie. Love the words you wrote about it. Very brilliant analysis. The Quays are up to something in NYC now... saw it on my FaceBook.

fucoid said...

greetings bonefarm, went to the city where the novel takes place and it is a post soviet wasteland now... i am trying to imagine what the novel would be like if written today with its cheesy casinos and ubiquitous black market stalls hawking fake gucci purses and dolce gabana sun glass... crumbling facades and monuments, etc... i can't decide if it is carnivalesque or even more depressing than previously.

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