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Dogs, The

Extent:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 606 (1990)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

Copyright Date:
1989

Copyright Holder:
Burt Barr

Artist:
Barr, Burt

Background:
Broadcast as a segment of Episode 606 of the 1990 season of "New Television."

Scope:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 606 (1990)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

"īThe Dogs' is set on a bright, summer day at a seemingly benign seashore inhabited by a nervous, beer-drinking protagonist and a dark, panting dog. This is a narrative that has no dialogue but is structured in movement -- of the man, of the dog (who is both harmless and menacing by turns), as well as all the camera work -- moving to the right in a clockwise direction that captures images in vivid color, creating an unsettling spin. A psychological study of shifts in memory and the perception of reality, īThe Dogs' is both humorous and haunting; a portrait of a man moving through a mythical landscape of fear, longing, and Ballantine ale cans." -- Press release.

The work alternately shows the man seated in a living room interior, drinking glasses of beer and swallowing pills, and walking down an overrun path to the ocean. Along the way, he is startled or distracted by the sound of a barking dog. Eventually, he reaches the ocean. "The Dogs" is approximately 19 minutes long.

"The Star Spangled Banner" is performed by Kate Smith.



Director:
Barr, Burt

Editors:
Barr, Burt (Offline Editor)
High, Kathryn (Offline Editor)
Burden, Robert (Online Editor)

Funders:
New York State Council on the Arts
New York Foundation for the Arts
JCT Foundation
Art Matters, Inc.
Brooklyn Arts Council's Film Search Program, The
Anonymous Donor

Performer:
Mueller, Stephen

Subjects:
Dogs
Ocean


See Also:
New Television, Episode 606 (1990)





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