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Dog Star Man (1964)




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Movie Info

Avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage has labelled his 1963 film Dog Star Man his "cosmological epic." This virtually indescribable film was released in a prelude and four parts. These were not titled but dated instead: Prelude, 1962; Part One, 1963; Part Two 1964 and so forth. While toiling on this project, Brakhage also managed to finish The Art of Vision, derived from Dog Star Man leftovers, and wrote the script for Metaphors of Vision. If you're looking for a plot, you've come to the wrong filmmaker. If you're looking for a fascinating mosaic of images combined to "interpret" the creation of the universe, then Dog Star Man will be right up your alley.


Critic Reviews for Dog Star Man

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

A multilayered, self-consciously Joycean, naturally psychedelic epic.

April 29, 2008

Whatever one thinks, and however much the film may seem dated now in relation to Brakhage's subsequent output, it is an achievement to be reckoned with.

April 29, 2008

A dazzling feature for which Brakhage used increasingly colorful and multilayered superimpositions to intersperse Jane's footage of himself climbing a snow-covered hill with his images of her and their infant daughter.

December 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Classic experimental film.

December 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Regarded by Brakhage fans as his masterpiece.

May 1, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A jaw-dropping declaration of principles.

April 29, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dog Star Man

Well, there's a hairy man with an axe (Stan Brakhage himself) and his dog, futilely hacking their way up a snowy mountain. Plus throbbing internal organs, sun flares, a lactating nipple and an infant. And it's all looped, re-looped and overlaid with insertions of abstract texture and manually doctored frames. This film is not recommended for epileptics. I yearned for "Dog Star Man" to hit me on a level deeper than "Whoa...trippy," but it never managed to get there. Should have I taken mushrooms first?

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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