Street of Crocodiles

Director: Quay Brothers

Institute History

  • 1987 Sundance Film Festival


In the tour-de-force of Atelier Koninck to date, a caretaker enters a decrepit museum and (by accident or design) let a goblet of saliva fall into a Kinetoscope machine. Inside the machine, mechanisms begin to turn, wires run around pulleys, and flaps and hatches open. The puppet figure of a man is conjured into motion and, severing the works from which he hangs, begins to explore the “Street of Crocodiles.” The Quay’s first film in 35mm is an astonishing display of sensual and visceral textures: molds, thick dust, the peeling silver of old mirrors, oily, knotted wires and patinas of cracked glaze.

Screening Details


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