Happy National Puppy Day!

It’s National Puppy Day, what better day to watch White Bim Black Ear?

In celebration of man’s best friend, we want to spotlight one of our favourite films in our Library; the truly unmissable White Bim Black Ear.

White Bim Black Ear (1971)

White Bim Black Ear (1971), Stanislav Rostotsky 

Stand aside Marley and Me; this is the greatest dog film ever made.

White Bim Black Ear features a stellar performance from Soviet heartthrob Vyacheslav Tikhonov, who is best known for his role as a debonair spy in the acclaimed serial Seventeen Moments of Spring.

In Rostotsky’s film, Tikhonov steps out of the glamour of espionage and into a role as an older, lonely veteran, Ivan Ivanovich. One day, Ivan’s decision to visit a dog breeder leads him to Bim, an English setter due to be drowned because of his unusual colouring. The two quickly become inseparable, which makes for some adorable puppy scenes.

However, disaster strikes when Ivan suddenly takes ill and must go to the hospital, and Bim sets out in search of his friend and master. A journey that takes the vulnerable pup across Russia and sees him experience the diversity in human nature; kindness, cruelty and everything in-between.

White Bim Black Ear is a family favourite in Russia, an adorable tear-jerker and a meditation on society’s tendency to be cruel to the vulnerable all at once. It is a dog movie that will make you fall in love and make you think.