The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (12A) <!-- none onestar twostar threestar fourstar fivestar -->

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This bizarre phantasmagoria from experimental duo the Brothers Quay trails a small armada of influences, from Borges to Shakespeare, from Czech puppeteer Jan Svankmajer to René Magritte, yet its theatrical energy is stymied by some atrocious acting and a script that seems barely acquainted with the English language.

An opera singer (Amira Casar) is abducted by an evil inventor (Gottfried John), who then hires a piano tuner (Cesar Sarachu) to service his automata in preparation for an "opera diabolique". Only a masochist could enjoy its interminable longueurs.

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