Heart of a Dog 2015 Criterion Collection
Laurie Anderson has crafted a deeply personal and oddly affecting piece of cinema.
Made up primarily of footage shot on mobile devices, Heart of a Dog is, on its surface, a brief, multi-media meditation by Anderson on her late dog, a small rat terrier called Lolabelle.
Lolabelle, following an amusing stint as a piano playing pooch, got sick and died a few years ago. Anderson and her rock star husband, the legendary Lou Reed, opted to let their pet come to death on her own terms. Anderson, using her own rough animations, highly filtered and manipulated video footage, and music, circles this event over and over while ruminating on assorted other, seemingly random thoughts, including New York and 9/11, living in a heightened security state, sudden infant death syndrome, and what our minds do when we dream. Mundane details collide unpredictably yet unerringly with raw and free artistic experimentation.

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:15:40 | 34 Gb + 6.56 Gb
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Documentary

Director: Laurie Anderson
Country: USA, France


Retelling (HD, 41:10) - Laurie Anderson talks with co-producer (and noted film programmer) Jake Perlin about various projects she has created and led over the years, and how they informed what she did on Heart of a Dog. Anderson, unsurprisingly, is a great talker, and this is an energetic, illuminating compliment to the film.

Deleted Scenes (HD, 2:53 total) - Two fragments involving religious mysticism.

Concert for Dogs Excerpt (HD, 6:36) - Video documentation of a brief midnight performance Anderson did in the freezing cold in New York's Times Square, for dogs and their owners, capped off by a 3-minute version of Heart of a Dog that screened at midnight on the Times Square video screens for a month.

Lolabelle's Christmas Album (HD, 4:46) - Footage of Anderson's blind dog, Lolabelle, playing on a keyboard along with the backing tracks to numerous Christmas songs. It's a terrible racket, but oddly heartwarming at the same time.

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