Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Run Time - 14 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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In Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies, the creators omit the use of words - except as titles and printed quotes -- and instead rely on music, sound, and fragments of each (or the absence of each) to add intensity and a sense of time to the onscreen action. By coupling these elements with meticulously planned camera movement, the Brothers Quay are able to create a unique visual texture. Often, the camera catches just the edges of an action before moving on, leaving the viewer to feel as if he has witnessed only a portion of a possibly important event. Lech Jankowski's music retains strength throughout, the composer perfectly in tune with the directors and contributuing enormously to the sense of pain, melancholy, and urgency that informs the piece. This Quay short represents another extremely challenging yet rewarding excursion into a spellbinding, absorbing world that is both very different from and very similar to our own.