From Edison Studios’ nineteenth-century “actualities” to present day internet videos of twerking Corgis, dogs’ presence on film is as old as the medium. Join Christina and Esther in part one of this special joint edition of Doggy History and Film History as they consider archetypal film dogs – doggy actors, heroes, athletes, villains, and victims, and learn about the role canines played in shaping the film industry and its practices.
Podcasters: Christina and Esther
Adrienne L. McLean, ed. Cinematic Canines: Dogs and Their Work in the Fiction Film. Rutgers UP, 2013. (See particularly the essays by McLean; Joanna E. Rapf; Kathryn Fuller-Seeley and Jeremy Groskopf; Sara Ross and James Castonguay; Wolf; and Alexandra Horowitz.)
Susan Orlean. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. Simon and Schuster, 2011.
Jonathan Burt. Animals in Film. Reaktion, 2002.
Dog Stars, Part II
This episode is part of our Film History Series and Doggy History Series.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)