Stille Nacht I: Dramolet

– Brothers Quay (1988)

The first film of the STILLE NACHT series, initially commissioned as an MTV Art Break, is a gorgeous black and white reverie about iron filings.

DRAMOLET is part of the Quay Brothers’ STILLE NACHT series which includes ARE WE STILL MARRIED? (STILLE NACHT II), TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS (STILLE NACHT III) and CAN’T GO WRONG WITHOUT YOU (STILLE NACHT IV).

The Quays’ familiar puppet animation is here enhanced by the use of animated iron filings, which suggest the rapid formation of frost over every surface, the swaying of the individual particles suggesting a hefty buffeting by a keen, piercing wind.

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