My Dog Tulip 2010 NR CC

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A bittersweet retrospective account of author J. R. Ackerley's 16-year relationship with his adopted dog, Tulip.

Starring:
Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave
Runtime:
1 hour 22 minutes

My Dog Tulip

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Paul Fierlinger, Sandra Fierlinger
Starring Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave
Supporting actors Isabella Rossellini, Peter Gerety, Brian Murray, Paul Hecht, Euan Morton
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details

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Loving a dog means a lot of things.
bookophile
The entire book are recordings of the author's following his dog Tulip's heat periods and anguishing over his pet's frustrating sex life.
Lynn Raichelson
At the end I didn't get the point of the book, it felt like a waste of time to read.
Megan

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By T. Gadd on May 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
In fact that was from a review of some 45 years ago, but it will do for a title.
I think My Dog Tulip is possibly the best book about dogs I have ever read. It doesn't suprise me to see that Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (The Hidden Life of Dogs) has written the introduction to the current edition, as Ackerley opened up some of the territory she was to explore. They remind me of each other quite a lot.
In the first scene of My Dog Tulip, Ackerley meets a little old lady wheeling a little dog around the park in a pram. The dog is dressed up in a blanket and she is cooing to him like an invalid. It's obvious that this highly anthropomorphised canine is the sort of dog Ackerley wants NOT to portray. He commented at the time that he wanted to restore beastliness to beasts, and as E.M. Forster put it, Tulip is 'a dog of dogdom', not just 'an appendage of man.'
My Dog Tulip lampoons the British middle class as well as human anthropocentrism in general. Ackerley's technique of combining shocking subject matter with a genteel, decorous prose style is always a joy to read. It's also definately the main reason he managed to get away with publishing this book in 1956. It's no small measure of the success of this balancing act, that a book which still manages to upset a minority of readers in 2001 was published in 1956 to general critical acclaim.
What you get, if you buy My Dog Tulip, is a very detailed account of Ackerley's life with his dog Queenie (he changed the name to Tulip, only after it was suggested to him that 'Queenie' might cause some tittilation, as Ackerley had been a somewhat outspoken member of London's gay community for some time). At times it is hilarious - never more so than when he's poking fun at English propriety.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
So much more than a book about a man and his dog--I laughed, I cried. I laughed more than I cried as the author's way with words grew on me. Several months ago I heard about this book and author for the first time. The book was out of print and I could not find a copy online. I stumbled upon this new edition while browsing online and am so glad that I "waited" for this new version. The book is very attractive and unusual and I enjoyed the introduction which is new too. I'm now reading another book in this same new collection about the author's life--My Father and Myself--it puts My Dog Tulip into a new perspective and I may have to re-read it and if I do, I think I might cry more than I laugh this time around. Although when I looked again at the cover I had a private laugh. I'd recommend this book to almost anyone of any age. Parental guidance perhaps for My Father and Myself.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
It's hard for me to understand how some of the reviewers could have failed to appreciate Ackerley. If you've ever owned any kind of pet at all, this book is a must. To be sure, it's not for the squeamish--Tulip's romantic life is the one of the chief topics, and the author minces no words describing the tactics deployed by Tulip, her many canine suitors, and even her owner himself in his attempts to produce true-blooded offspring. But Ackerley approaches even this sensitive subject with both humor and a strange sweetness. He once wrote that Tulip was his true love, the only creature who loved him and whom he could love unconditionally, and after you read the book, you understand why. Tulip's character--defensive, offensive, protective, delicate, beautiful, affectionate, and ever-so-vital--is as moving as any portrayal of a mere human. Unmissable.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on April 27, 2011
Format: DVD
This is a story about the cure of loneliness...in a sense not remarkable, and yet told simply and with great heart. An unhappy bachelor (middle aged and middle class) has always felt unfulfilled in his love life. Then in his 50's he takes a chance and brings home an abused female German shepherd dog as his friend.

And so what we have are the daily routines - so to speak - of a man and his dog. Taking her out to the park, finding a mate for her, cleaning up after her. Tulip (the name of the dog) loves Mr. Ackerley unconditionally and through that love, he learns to love her the same way. There are no madcap adventures...no maudlin sentimentalities - no heroics - just the developing affection that the two share, as both of them get older.

What makes this film work so well is the marvelous artwork...No, it is not precise, bright, or boldly drawn. Instead, the art resembles child painting experimenting with watercolors. A street scene, a park, or the interior of the house reflects reality such as trash in the foreground. The shapes blend and mix and bend in messy ways which is a beautiful metaphor for love itself where emotions blend and mix and bend in messy ways. Love is becoming part of another - opening oneself up to another. These drawings make that emotion feel real- in a way that a perfect photographic image might not.

I cannot imagine any animal lover - particularly a dog owner - who will not (immediately) relate to the experience being detailed in this film. "My Dog Tulip" teaches us, as well as any other film, how unconditional love is a transformative power, perhaps THE transformative power in nature.

Christopher Plummer is a standout voice as the man in love with the dog.
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