A Dog of Flanders
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A charming tale of love, friendship and a dog named Patrasche…
Nello (David Ladd) and his grandfather (Donald Crisp) live a poor, unhappy life, until they find a wounded dog by the side of the road. They care for their new “friend,” who recovers and gives Nello the hope to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.
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As is often the case with film adaptations, the original story is considerably changed. The people of the village (near the 19th century Antwerp) are more compassionate to the lonely boy and his grandfather than those counterparts in Ouida's book. The changed conclusion (seen again in the 1999 adaptation, which is slightly more faithful to the original) will be satisfying to most viewers, but still the new ending could have been developed into something more emotional.
The cast (including the dog) is unanimously good and among them Theodore Bikel is memorable as an artist who befriends Nello. The character and his subplot are added in adapting the original, but you may find the love story of this slightly eccentric painter a bit detracting because the film is, and should be, about the boy and the dog after all.
For me the real star of the film is its location. The wonderful landscapes of Netherland and Belgium give the film credibility and so do Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp and its interior with its solemn beauty. Maybe slightly dated, but "A Dog of Flanders" is a nice picture you can enjoy with your family.
I rented this movie on netflixs and decided it was a must have. Its about a orphaned boy named Nello, who lives with aging grandfather. They seem to be barely making ends meet. They don't even have enough to eat. One day they are coming home from a very long day selling milk, and fine this old abused and neglected dog, against this grandfathers better judgement they take the dog in knowing that it will make a even bigger hardship on the struggling family. Nello takes a very strong liking to the dog and names it Patrasche, but soon things get worst, Grandfather gets sick and Nello and Patrasche take over the Milk deliveries. After a while Grandfather dies, and leaves Nello Struggling he looses his milk delivery job...
This movie is about having dreams. About having friends and about being loved even when you think their is no one left to be loved by.
Seeing this copy here at Amazon, I bought it on a nostalgic whim. Something to add to my collection of old-time favorites. I'm glad I did, as it's even better than I had remembered. I think that this is one of those films that should be in every house with a kid under the roof. A beautiful little classic.
Oh, the picture quality was perfectly fine, if a bit dated, and I had no issues with the sound.