Prelude: Dog Star Man
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
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… More
Directed By
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A multilayered, self-consciously Joycean, naturally psychedelic epic."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A jaw-dropping declaration of principles."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"Clearly, Brakhage's film has had a tremendous impact on both the avant-garde film movement and mainstream cinema, but uneasy rests the crown of a self-important classic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A meditation on the individual's place in the universe."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Regarded by Brakhage fans as his masterpiece."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dog Star Man is a work of realism into which abstraction intrudes."
‑ Jake Euker, PopMatters
More reviews for Prelude: Dog Star Man on Rotten Tomatoes