35 MM - A GROUP FOR CINEPHILES!

"Dogs’ Dialogue alternates three kinds of material: footage of barking dogs, shots of streets and other locations, and a story, illustrated chiefly by a series of stills (and occasionally by shots in motion) and narrated off-screen. (...) The net result of these combined strategies is to reveal melodrama itself as a pure formal mechanism, with characters and plot reduced to the status of necessary props. The disturbing lack of individuality and identity which derives from these attitudes, turning all the characters into mere aspects of a playful, arbitrary schema, seems merely the logical outcome of Ruiz’s scepticism about the homogeneity of his own authorship. With characters and auteur all assigned such a mockingly nihilist function, the dialogue that ensues might well signify no more than the barking of dogs." - Jonathan Rosenbuam, Chicago Reader

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