It's not the typical Brothers Quay short, but it is an incredible exploration of art history nevertheless. The theme of inventive techniques in 16th c painting and its connection to reality works simultaneously in contrast and concert with the Quay's own style and technique.
Not as compelling as the other Quay films I have seen. The Quay's contribution here is outstanding, but the voice over art history lesson adds - while also strangely detracting - from the overall experience.
Stemming from a truly enthralling concept, the film contains a lot of potential. And it delivers on the most basic level of explaining and showcasing what Anamorphosis is. Showcasing this would have been enough to have me enjoy the film, but it was layered under enough facsimile that was unneeded to the message that some of the film was taken away by these distractions. The narration is also imperfect and detracting.
Compared to their earlier quasi-nonfiction material on Stravinsky and Janáček, this one is almost disconcerting in its straightforwardly educational nature, yet the Quays do so while still impressively conforming to their own aesthetic and, as they so often do, paying homage to an artistic influence.