Prelude: Dog Star Man
Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 2, 1962
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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

Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

A jaw-dropping declaration of principles.

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TV Guide

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

A meditation on the individual's place in the universe.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Regarded by Brakhage fans as his masterpiece.

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Jake Euker

Dog Star Man is a work of realism into which abstraction intrudes.

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Eric Broome
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,… More