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Directed by Stephen and Timothy Quay



85 minutes



Through the Weeping Glass (and other shorts)

This program features the Quays’ latest short film, the complementary “making-of” documentary by Edward Waisnis, and an evocative other rarely screened recent short.

Through The Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos and Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) (2011, 31 min.). A hybrid documentary on the collections of books, instruments, and medical anomalies at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum located there. This short film represents the first to be made by the internationally recognized Quay Brothers in the United States. While not a stop-motion animation film–a form for which the Quays are best known–the entire film is vibrantly constructed through the reliance on digital post-production techniques. The brothers’ vision, coupled with the location and objects from the collections of the museum, have produced a sumptuously cinematic experience. Adding to its visual strength is the charged musical score by composer Timothy Nelson and the voice-over provided by Derek Jacobi. Through the Weeping Glass was commissioned by the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative.

Behind the Scenes with the Quay Brothers (2011, 31 min.) Behind the Scenes with the Quay Brothers documents the making of the above-mentioned film. Offering a rare opportunity to see and hear the reclusive artists, it captures the creative collaboration between the Quays and their crew in intimate detail. Edward Waisnis, in his role as producer of the film, was given exclusive, unparalleled access to capture the filmmaking process in glorious black and white, with a coda in color.

Inventorium of Traces: Jan Potocki at Castle Łańcut (Poland, 2008, 23 min.) A Renaissance castle once occupied by an eighteenth century Polish nobleman – Jan Potocki, author of the gothic tome The Saragossa Manuscript – provides the setting for a tour of the objects, rooms, and spaces that evoke the spirit of this legendary figure.  

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; the National Film Preservation Foundation; Franci and Jim Crane; James V. Derrick; Ms. Melanie Gray and Mr. Mark Wawro; and Lynn S. Wyatt.