A Dog’s Life

A Dog’s Life

7 Episodes

Dogs have their day in these tail-wagging tributes to our furry companions, featuring faithful four-legged friends, killer canines, telepathic pooches, and more. From classic tales of animal-human bonds like Charlie Chaplin’s A DOG’S LIFE and Vittorio De Sica’s UMBERTO D. to outré cult oddities like A BOY AND HIS DOG and BAXTER to recent art-house gems like LE QUATTRO VOLTE and Laurie Anderson’s HEART OF A DOG, this survey of some of cinema’s very best boys and girls is proof positive that dogs do, in fact, rule.

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A Dog’s Life
  • A Dog’s Life

    Episode 1

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1918 • United States

    Charlie Chaplin's first film for First National Films, A Dog's Life revolves around Chaplin's iconic Tramp character as he navigates the cityscape with 'Scraps' the dog. The two go on a journey to help the Tramp have a better life with Edna, a d...

  • Umberto D.

    Episode 2

    Directed by Vittorio De Sica • 1952 • Italy

    Shot on location with a cast of nonprofessional actors, Vittorio De Sica's neorealist masterpiece follows Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto...

  • Good-bye, My Lady

    Episode 3

    Directed by William A. Wellman • 1956 • United States
    Starring Walter Brennan, Phil Harris, Brandon De Wilde

    What is that strange animal twelve-year-old Skeeter spied in the Mississippi swamp? It looks like a dog. But it laughs—even cries real tears—instead of barking. Skeeter brings it home, an...

  • A Boy and His Dog

    Episode 4

    Directed by L. Q. Jones • 1975 • United States
    Starring Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Jason Robards

    World War IV has ravaged the Earth, and its survivors must battle for food, shelter, and companionship in a postatomic wasteland. This classic sci-fi tale follows the exploits of a young man, Vic (...

  • Baxter
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    Episode 5

    Baxter

    Episode 5

    Directed by Jérôme Boivin • 1989 • France
    Starring Lise Delamare, Jean Mercure, Jacques Spiesser

    Cinematic canines don’t come any less cuddly than the antihero of Jérome Boivin’s pitch-black comedy, a malevolent bull terrier who’ll do whatever it takes to find his ideal owner. BAXTER follows the...

  • Le quattro volte

    Episode 6

    Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino • 2010 • Italy
    Starring Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano

    LE QUATTRO VOLTE is an ineffably beautiful meditation on the mysterious cycles of life. Set in Italy’s mountainous region of Calabria, it traces the path of one goat herder’s soul, as it p...

  • Heart of a Dog

    Episode 7

    Directed by Laurie Anderson • 2015 • United States

    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...