Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Crocodiles on Brookline Street

One of the "tailors" from Street of Crocodiles.

Few would argue that Street of Crocodiles, by the Brothers Quay (a.k.a. identical twins Stephen and Timothy) is one of the greatest stop-motion films of all time; some argue that it's one of the greatest films of all time, period. I'd certainly rate it among the most haunting, and one of the few that seems to somehow emanate from its physical design - that eerie street of decrepit arcades and cabinets through which its puppet-hero wanders in search of meaning and connection. And even though the Coolidge Corner's celebration of the talented pair concluded last week, you can still see the actual d├ęcors from Crocodiles and their other films at the Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline St. (near Fenway Park) through May 21. The sets prove even more magical "in person" than you might imagine - lovely and strange and heartbreaking in their detail. Highly recommended.

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