Three decades after her concert film Home of the Brave, multimedia artist Laurie Anderson returned to the big screen with her 2015 sophomore feature, Heart of a Dog. In this visually intricate, sonically haunting nonfiction work, Anderson’s grief over the death of her cherished rat terrier, Lolabelle, leads into stirring ruminations on love, loss, and the role of surveillance in contemporary life, all captured in the filmmaker’s thought-provoking narration. For a program on our edition, which we just released on Blu-ray and DVD this week, Anderson sat down with coproducer Jake Perlin for a conversation about the film’s place in the context of her career. Below, watch Anderson discuss how her concept for Heart of a Dog emerged from the multifaceted approach she brings to her all-encompassing stage performances.
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Acclaimed Indian filmmakers Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Kumar Shahani discuss how the Bengali master mixed expressionism and naturalism in his devastating domestic tragedy The Cloud-Capped Star.
A Howl of Defiance from the Italian Sixties
Marco Bellocchio’s subversive debut feature, Fists in the Pocket, emerged out of a period of social unrest, taking aim at both bourgeois values and Catholic hypocrisy.