Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962)
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Critic Reviews for Prelude: Dog Star Man
A multilayered, self-consciously Joycean, naturally psychedelic epic.
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.
Audience Reviews for Prelude: Dog Star Man
I am not a huge Brakhage fan, I prefer his hand painted work, it is pretty. Visually this has a lot to it, but I just got bored and almost fell asleep 3 or 4 times. I troopered through it, and it didn't feel all that rewarding for me.
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?
This whole "movie" is what happens in "found footage" fake documentaries when the camera falls to the ground while it's still recording and all you get is a glimpse of something and then the camera goes blank. That's the whole 9 minutes of the prelude.
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