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Street of Crocodiles PG rating

The Quays' best-known (and highest budgeted) short takes place in nightmarish netherworld populated by strange and sinister puppets.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 21 mins

Director: Brothers Quay

Overview

The Quays' best-known short takes place in nightmarish netherworld populated by strange and sinister puppets. A museum keeper spits into the eyepiece of an ancient peep-show and sets the musty machine going. Inside, the puppets partake of a series of bizarre rituals amongst the dirt and the grime.

The Quays enjoyed their biggest budget to date for this short, from the BFI Production Board, on the proviso they adapted an existing literary work. They selected Bruno Schulz's surreal short story, although the finished film expands, typically tangentially, from the original source.