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
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?
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