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|DOG STAR MAN (director/writer: Stan Brakhage; cinematographer: Stan Brakhage; editor: Stan Brakhage; cast: Stan Brakhage (Dog Star man), Jane Brakhage (woman); Runtime: 75; MPAA Rating: NR; Mystic Fire Video; 1964)|
Brakhage fans as his masterpiece."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Prolific avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage's ("Window Water Baby Moving"/"The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes"/"23rd Psalm Branch"), one of cinema's least known by the public but most influential innovators, epic film is a non-linear and plotless meditation on man's place in the universe (the mythical Dog Star man) and the need to find enlightenment through his struggle with the everyday world. It takes us into unusual non-traditional cinema turf, as the driven artistic Brakhage aims to reveal the universal in its particulars.
The magical, one of a
film consists of a prelude and four parts.
The Prelude explores
following: 1-The four elements-air, earth, fire and
water; 2-The cosmos
represented by the sun, moon and stars; 3-The personal
Brakhage that includes his household, his dog Sirius,
his cat, his baby
and his nude wife Jane. 4-The use of filmmaking
techniques such as
painting or scratching on film.
Part One-Explores in
detail a single action, with each an isolated piece to
for what is within the contect of the whole.
It has been regarded
Brakhage fans as his masterpiece, in the over 300
films he completed
before his death in 2003 at age 70. One can't judge
this film the same
way a linear film is judged. This uniquely special
takes movies in a radically different direction than
film. I wish I could say I enjoyed it as much as I
REVIEWED ON 5/1/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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