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Dog Star Man: Part I (1962)

The first part of Dog Star Man (1964), an experimental film wherein a man climbs a mountain along with his dog.


Stan Brakhage (as Brakhage)
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Uncredited cast:
Jane Brakhage Jane Brakhage ... (uncredited)
Stan Brakhage ... (uncredited)


From a murky landscape, a wooded mountain emerges. We watch the sun. We see a bearded man climbing up the mountain through the snow. He carries an ax, and he's accompanied by a dog. His labors continue. There is no soundtrack. Images rush past - water, trees, and surfaces too close up to distinguish. He struggles. A fire burns. Nature, in long shots and magnified, is formidable and silent. It's tough going; he carries on. In a capillary, blood flows. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


Featured in The Art of Vision (1965) See more »

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Brakhage is more than a filmmaker.
24 April 2003 | by Douglass29See all my reviews

If anyone tells you that this movie is boring, you won't enjoy it, you don't get it, then this person doesn't know the first thing about film. For a film to be put in the National Congress Library, and claimed as "The most important film ever made", hands down, you must be missing something.

Dog Star Man, as a whole, is the most amazing experience you could ever sit through. If sitting through "Tears of the Sun" with Bruce Willis was "the best movie ever", then you have never traveled to the avant-garde world of cinema. I would have to say that you should look at "Dog Star Man" and then "Mothlight" if you need to see a good movie. The film itself holds a story in each frame. Seriously, all would love this film. If you have something negative againest this film, please take into consideration what it takes to put something like this together.

Light, picture, sounds. Brakhage is more than a filmmaker.

RIP: SB 1933-2003

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Release Date:

9 March 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Собака Звезда Человек: Часть 1 See more »

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1.37 : 1
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