Text: Katya Fedotova
A new film by the master of black comedy Todd Solondz is released in the cinema "Dachshund" - four stories that are united by one dog. Such a cold autumn as this year is conducive to finding a dear animal friend, curling up with him under the covers and not going anywhere. For those who are tired of movies about broken destinies, unhappy love and a ruined career, we offer 10 good films in which you can meet dogs dear to your heart. Also choose a dog for a company to watch - it is a few degrees warmer than you.
The man from the devil's river
Rin-Tin-Tin is a German Shepherd and a true movie star of the 20s. The dog was lucky from birth: as a puppy, he was found in the ruins after the bombing during the First World War. American corporal Lee Duncan raised and educated a quick-witted and affectionate dog, took her to exhibitions, cared for and cherished. A few years later, Rin-Tin-Tin was once again fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. Warner Bros. was in dire need of an animal capable of playing a dire wolf while working on The Man of the Devil River.
Rin-Tin-Tin was incredibly convincing and after the resounding success of the picture quickly gained worldwide fame and fame. The dog has appeared on the screen more than 25 times in ten years. Children and adults collected postcards and badges with his image, and were spellbound by the radio to hear the "voice" of their beloved hero. Rin-Tin-Tin even signed contracts, leaving a paw print on the papers. There is a star with his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and there is a whole museum in Texas dedicated to one of the most recognizable film dogs in the world.
The Wizard of Oz
The dream of a loyal little dog who can be put in a bicycle basket and travel to the ends of the world has haunted all children since the release of the famous 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz". Little Dorothy Gale was taken by a tornado to a magical land, where the girl had to fight evil, travel a lot and re-educate everyone in her path. Often the heroine was scared, but she was never alone - she was accompanied everywhere by her faithful dog Toto.
During the filming, the leading actress Judy Garland became so attached to her partner that she begged for a dog, but the actress was refused. Terry - the real name of the movie Toto - was so popular that her salary exceeded the fees of many Hollywood actors of the time. For 11 years of its life, the dog played 16 roles, attended the premieres of films with its participation and was awarded a monument at the Hollywood Forever cemetery.
All dogs go to heaven
Unfortunately, the life of dogs is short. What happens after their deaths was filmed in what is arguably the most heartbreaking cartoon of all in 1989. There is everything to make the audience cry: the orphan girl, and the imperfect protagonist - the dog Charlie, who dreams of completing all earthly affairs and retirement - and songs about love and friendship, and even a tragic ending. To critics, the picture seemed too confusing, ambiguous and evangelical. One way or another, this cartoon is not so much about death as about a life filled with love, tenderness, devotion and mistakes. And the cartoon answers the main and most bitter question of every dog owner in the affirmative. Yes, all dogs go to heaven - and at the same time the most beautiful.
After watching the first part of the film, the audience fell in love and rushed headlong to buy St. Bernards. By 1993, the breed had become the most popular in the world. Probably, this explains the rolling success of the next five parts of "Beethoven" - it's all nice to see a big, slobbering, cute dog on the screen and exclaim: "Oh! Just like mine! " But even if your childhood dream did not come true, the film is guaranteed to bring pleasure and joy when watching. When the week has been really tough, you can have a weekend marathon and enjoy the whole day. The music is pleasant, no drama, no unnecessary worries - only love, friendship and a mischievous puppy who very soon becomes a big dog.If you need an alibi for watching family comedies, say you just want to appreciate the work of Buster Keaton's wife, Eleanor, who trained the lead dog.
When someone wants to revive someone who is passionate about having a Jack Russell Terrier, the strongest argument comes in: "Remember Milo!" An incredibly jumpy, quick-witted, cunning, indefatigable, absolutely fearless dog outplayed Jim Carrey himself. It is difficult to say who was more suitable for the magic mask, which made all secret desires obvious. Chuck Russell took the plot of the brutal and bloody comic "The Mask" as a basis, planning at first to shoot a horror film. However, in the course of adapting the script and preparing for filming, everything changed - in the end, it turned out to be the comedy as we know it. Living with the "Mask dog" is undoubtedly an adventure: she will not let anyone get bored.
One of the few films that does not end, but begins with credits warning that no animals were harmed during the filming. The plot is an interweaving of three stories, the connecting links of which are dogs. The film contains many scenes of physical, moral violence and betrayal, it is saturated with despair and cruelty, like the darkest stories of human love. Love, however, is not exclusively the lot of people, so the dogs in the film - the only ones who are capable of compassion and tenderness here - appear, as if in reproach, as examples of devotion and selflessness. By the way, the original title of the film "Amores perros" from Spanish can easily be translated as "Love of dogs", although "Bitch-love" also sounds apt.
Everyone at least once in their hearts wished that there would be no one left in the world except himself and a devoted dog. And so it happened with Robert Neville. After the main character remained the only uninfected person in New York, he had to be content with the company of a German shepherd. The dog fought bravely together with the owner, winning thousands of spectators' hearts. Will Smith admitted that he was so strongly attached to Ebia, who played Sam, as if he really spent three years with her. No wonder they say that a month of life on the set is equal to an eternity. The actor even asked to give him the dog, but he was harshly refused.
Marley and me
They say you can't get a Labrador - you can only get it as a reward from above for good behavior. Marley is the very "gift" to the young Grogan family, who had no idea what she was getting herself into. "Marley and Me" tells the story of a naughty dog - destroying, gnawing, overturning everything that comes his way. He brings up the owners, charms and disappoints them, experiences happiness and hardship with them, in a word, becomes a member of the family. The picture was doomed to success: there is both unconditional love and a golden labrador. More precisely, twenty-two golden Labradors - so many dogs were involved as actors playing the role of Marley.
A kind of quintessence of Australian cinema. The main character of the picture is a red-haired dog who finds himself in a small company of tough male workers. Best of all, the film illustrates his slogan "He's been everywhere." This dog does not belong to anyone - and it has neither an owner nor a name. He wanders from one end of the settlement to the other, helping people to establish contact with each other and become freer. The dog even changes the relationship of workers, built on the principle of strength and superiority. Of all the inhabitants of the village, the red dog chooses the bus driver as a companion and remains devoted to this friendship to the end. "Red Dog", in fact, is a film-tale about the creation of a society, happy and humane, which helps people to build a beast.
Behind every superstar dog is an ingenious trainer. If we are talking about the film "White God", then we can assume the participation of a whole army of talented animal trainers. Hagen is a big and beautiful dog, treacherously thrown away by his little mistress and dimwitted father.They throw the dog on the freeway, step on the gas and hide. Hagen finds brothers in misfortune, the same dogs, tired of obeying uncompromising and stupid cruelty. Rebelling against the whims of stupid and irresponsible people, he organizes a riot. More than 250 animals are involved in the film, and, unlike many Hollywood directors, Cornel Mundruzzo did not hire ready-made, obedient dogs. The creators of the picture made a bold and dignified decision: they picked up animals on the streets, rescued them from shelters. Perfect dystopia for dog and justice lovers.
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