Puppetropolis Chicago: Sleeping Theaters, Waking Dreams | Chicago Reader

Puppetropolis Chicago: Sleeping Theaters, Waking Dreams

Although they're showing as part of Performing Arts Chicago's puppetry festival (see sidebar in Theater), some of these short films involve puppetry in only the loosest sense, since they rely on stop-motion or computer animation. Of the works available for preview, the best are The Street of Crocodiles (1986) by the UK's Brothers Quay, inspired by Bruno Schulz's eponymous collection of short stories, and Duo Concertantes (1964), featuring Larry Jordan's beautifully surrealistic cutout animation. Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero's delightful Graveyard Jamboree (1998) provides a much-needed shot of levity and energy to an otherwise grim selection. On the same program, films by Janie Geiser, Sungyeon Joh, Nancy Andrews, and Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer. 93 min.

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