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Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) (2011)

A documentary on the subject of the collections of books, instruments and medical anomalies at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mutter Museum housed there. This short film ... See full summary »

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Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay (co-director)
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Marie Fury Marie Fury ... Helen Eastlack
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A documentary on the subject of the collections of books, instruments and medical anomalies at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mutter Museum housed 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 and 'animated'. Musical score by composer Tim Nelson and voice-over provided by Derek Jacobi. Written by Anonymous

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22 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Medical Curiosities and Poetry
14 January 2014 | by gulagSee all my reviews

This is a fascinating journey through the exhibits and archives of the famous Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. The film is like entering into the text of the famous Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine, but as poetry. It is not a film for the squeamish, as images of deformity and antique medical instruments must indeed resonate in the darker human recesses. Nevertheless I found this film moving, certainly not a mere field trip.

By the way you can find this DVD through the museum itself. If you have been following the films of the Brothers Quay then you will certainly add this to your collection.


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