Little Songs of the Chief Officer of Hunar Louse, or This Unnameable Little Broom, Being a Largely Disguised Reduction of the Epic of Gilgamesh

– Brothers Quay (1985)

The Epic of Gilgamesh, or This Unnameable Little Broom is a 1985 stop motion short film by The Brothers Quay. The film is loosely based on the first tablet of Epic of Gilgamesh. Boasting the longest title in the Quays’ entire output, this 1985 film is generally known as This Unnameable Little Broom. The short began life as a proposed hour-long program exploring aspects of the ancient Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest known surviving works of literature, which would combine puppet animation, dance sequences, and live-action documentary elements. However, the network was unsure about the project, and only agreed to fund a short animated sequence as a pilot, which is all that was ultimately made.

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