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THROUGH eyes as blank as a tilapia’s Stephen and Timothy Quay contemplate a world that is curious, doubtful, beastly and deranged. These identical twins, 63, have chronicled their world in more than two dozen richly detailed short and full-length animated films known for their gloomy beauty and haunting weirdness.
The Quays — born in Pennsylvania, based in London for 40 years— are late-Victorian artist-moralists trapped in a post-nuclear universe, Lewis Carrolls whose Mad Hatter would have done unspeakable things to Alice.
“Our films are dark fairy tales with elements of grotesquerie and the pathological,” Stephen Quay said on a recent afternoon.
Timothy added, “We set them in a twilight world, midway between sleep and wakefulness.”
The brothers were touring the Mütter Museum, a 19th-century repository of curiosa at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, garbed somewhat disappointingly in chinos and sweaters. They were filming manikins, anatomical anomalies and bizarre surgical instruments for an as-yet-untitled documentary on the museum and its adjoining 340,000-volume library....