Featuring author Susan Orlean, animal trainers Sarah Clifford and Omar von Muller and a screening of “Clash of the Wolves” (1925) starring Rin Tin Tin, with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla.
“Man’s Best Friend” has gotten a wonderful publicity boost from the movies. Canine cinema mythology has enhanced human appreciation of a dog’s loyalty, heroism, humor and intelligence from the earliest days of film with such immediate audience favorites as “Rescued by Rover” (1905) and “The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog” (1905).
More than any other four-legged actor, the dog has achieved a unique stardom with such long-lasting box office stars as Strongheart, Teddy, Lassie, Pete the Pup, Benji and particularly Rin Tin Tin. The original Rinty (there would be several over the years) was rescued in Germany during World War I by a U.S. soldier who would mold him for Hollywood stardom, resulting in his becoming one of the biggest box office draws of the late 1920s. The popularity of Rinty’s films would practically underwrite a struggling studio known as Warner Bros. and afford a young writer named Darryl F. Zanuck some of his earliest success.
Join Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, for an evening of photographs, film clips, behind-the-scenes secrets and surprises featuring more dogs than you can throw a stick for. No pawtographs, please!
- Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
- Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard – Beverly Hills, CA 90211
- Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Ticketed seating is unreserved.
$5 general admission/$3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID (limit 2 at the discounted price) – Tickets
Since, as the Times points out, dogs have been popping up in art for hundreds of years, we thought it was safe to assume that there are at least a few artists who are fans of the friendly beasts…
More photos and the NY Times article at Flavor Wire
Listen to the original, The Imperial March