Laurie Anderson

Heart of a Dog

Heart of a Dog

Heart of a Dog marks the first feature film in thirty years by multimedia artist Laurie Anderson. A cinematic tone poem that flows from a sustained meditation on death and other forms of absence, the film seamlessly weaves together thoughts on Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation, the modern surveillance state, and the artistic lives of dogs, with an elegy for the filmmaker’s beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, at its heart. Narrated by Anderson with her characteristic wry wit, and featuring a plaintive, free-form score by the filmmaker, the tender and provocative Heart of a Dog continues Anderson’s four-and-a-half-decade career of imbuing the everyday with a sense of dreamlike wonder.

Film Info

  • Laurie Anderson
  • United States
  • 2015
  • 75 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #846

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • High-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate no-music soundtrack
  • New conversation between director Laurie Anderson and coproducer Jake Perlin
  • Footage of Anderson’s 2016 Concert for Dogs
  • Deleted scenes
  • Lolabelle’s video Christmas card
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Glenn Kenny
    New cover by Fred Davis, based on a drawing by Laurie Anderson

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • High-definition digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate no-music soundtrack
  • New conversation between director Laurie Anderson and coproducer Jake Perlin
  • Footage of Anderson’s 2016 Concert for Dogs
  • Deleted scenes
  • Lolabelle’s video Christmas card
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Glenn Kenny
    New cover by Fred Davis, based on a drawing by Laurie Anderson
Heart of a Dog
Credits
Director
Laurie Anderson
Written by
Laurie Anderson
Producers
Laurie Anderson
Producers
Dan Janvey
Coproducers
Cooper Holoweski
Coproducers
Noah Stahl
Coproducers
Jim Cass
Coproducers
Shaun MacDonald
Coproducers
Jason Stern
Coproducers
Jake Perlin
Narrated by
Laurie Anderson
Music by
Laurie Anderson
Cinematography by
Laurie Anderson
Cinematography by
Toshiaki Ozawa
Cinematography by
Joshua Zucker-Pluda
Story editors
Katherine Nolfi
Story editors
Bob Currie
Consulting editor
Luciano Rigolini
Edited by
Melody London
Edited by
Katherine Nolfi

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