For example, the dog's feelings about rabies, the moon or loyalty toward the master was not calculated or analyzed - it just was, as it should be. This literally shaggy dog story concerns a clergyman, the eponymous Dean, who when plied with an appropriately expensive wine — — recalls his past life as a dog. It's a charming, oddball little tale. Sharp weaves the old and new strands together by leading us to the discovery that the former incarnation of Dean Spanley wonderfully played by Sam Neill was that very dog. Lovely clean solidly bound copy.
I absolutely loved this quirky tale of a Dean, the epitome of rectitude, who after a glass or two of Imperial Tokay, enters an altered state when he recalls his previous life as a dog. It certainly makes me keen to see the movie and the interviews and perspectives along with the photos of the production The original tale 'My talks with Dean Spanley' is a whimsical and amusing tale of a man and his past life as a dog. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his oeuvre includes hundreds of short stories, as well as successful plays, novels and essays. Let it be clear here that comparisons between the quality and content of book and the film are not really fair. It's a quick read, though, so it's worth a try. An absolute treat for the reader.
If you can find a copy regrettably, it's become a somewhat pricey collector's item , you should grab one. Complete with the dust wrapper, lightly rubbed at the edges, with chipping to the edges, lightly browned to spine. Full credit is also due to production designer Andrew McAlpine, cinematographer Leon Narbey, editor Chris Plummer, the aforementioned producer Matthew Metcalfe and above all the gifted director Toa Fraser. When O'Toole finally learns, through Spanley, that Wag never came home because he was shot by a farmer, he is suddenly able to grieve both for his lost dog and his lost son. Or are his canine memories no more than fancy? The book is written in the typical wordy Victorian style, and it can be very repetitive at times. And then, richly primed with a few glasses of Imperial Tokay, he slips over the threshold between past and present and becomes a dog. Background choir music was provided by the 30-voice New Zealand choir Musica Sacra.
May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. I am not at all disappointed as the voice and tone of the original obviously have traveled whole into the visual,the audible. Complete with colour photos and interviews with the principal film-makers, this whimsical, wintry tale about dogs, reincarnation and the effects of alcohol makes perfect Christmas reading for lovers of classic humorous storytelling. For me - the book stands on it own. It continued at in and in , once home to and remodelled for in the years just before the film's setting. Or Join my Facebook author page for news about my writing. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good.
In a nut shell, this is the story of an English dean who is able to remember his past life as a dog when he drinks a rare wine. This particular version has both the original novella and the screenplay, and it's fascinating to compare the two. There are also numerous interviews about how they brought the story itself to screen and how they set about adapting and casting it. Some clever soul also thought to reprint the Dunsany novella complete with the Alan Sharp script and some excellent articles about making the film, as a movie tie-in. He wrote nearly 50 books and plays between 1905 and his death in 1957.
Fine copy with mild sun tanning to edges of endpapers, inked name on f. Later the same day Fisk Junior encounters the Dean at his father's club. No human could know so much of rabbiting, the importance of buying bones, the contemptibility of pigs. Finally kudos to the three film makers who wrote the final pages at the end to the book. It was a pleasure to read the screenplay slowly in order to mull over the additional dialogue, plot and other items that can be easily overlooked when watching a film.
Comparing story and script is a fascinating insight into the process of adaptation, and the essays give an equally fascinating insight into the process of getting a film made. Dean Spanley is full of delightful characters brought to life by top actors, such as the wheeler-dealer Wrather — a great name, as is Spanley, come to think of it — played by Bryan Brown. Only his keen interest in the transmigration of souls and almost excessive enthusiasm for dogs betray any shadow of eccentricity. The changes made for the film do nothing but enhance Dunsany' s text. First edition in green cloth boards and gilt stamped spine, blind stamped colophon on back cover, green endpapers, frontispiece by S. And then Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, and most of all Peter O'Toole turn it into movie magic with some unforgettable acting.
This special edition includes Lord Dunsany's witty and inventive original novel, as well as Alan Sharp's hilarious screenplay, which faithfully adapts and also expands upon the events in the book. Complete with the screenplay and photos from the new film starring Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill. This is a fun little book, and I think dog lovers will find it amusing, but I honestly think the movie is more enjoyable. The classic humorous novella about an alcohol-loving clergyman who thinks he is the reincarnation of a dog. The three chapters were informative and interesting. That being said, it was probably considered original and unique in its day. The screen play, with it's extended story line is more emotionally satisfying, but of course it wouldn't have existed without the extraordinarily inventive original.
Adapted by Alan Sharp Rob Roy and directed by New Zealand-born Toa Fraser No. We learn a lot about how dogs really think in the process, not to mention something about fine wine. I could not help but to notice the extraordinary talent, good taste, perseverance and high standards that each man showed. There is a sub-plot concerning Fisk Senior's childhood that receives an unexpected resolution forming the climax of the story. It's been interesting watching how various members of the crew have been looking at the monitors during scenes, because they come up to me and say, 'I had the same thing with my father.
Or can it be that Dean Spanley must once have been a dog? Seeing the finished product acted by Jeremy Northam, Peter O'Toole, Bryan Brown and Sam Neill takes it to a whole new level again. Surely no mere dean could speak so vividly, with such total conviction, of the joys of hunting, of rolling in fresh dung, of baying the moon? This is a lovely and quite charming adaptation with the addition of a new character and focus that brings it to life and gives it heart. Each Thursday, a man approaching middle age calls upon his father, aged, caustic, nihilistic, and emotionally distant, perhaps from the loss of a son in the Boer War and his wife soon after. Buy this, enjoy it and just let the story wash over you. The book contains the original long-short story of dog to man reincarnation by Lord Dunsany, the original screenplay for the movie, and three additional chapters discussing the film by the producer, screen writer and director. Sharp's brilliant solution — with Metcalfe's help and encouragement — was to invent for the narrator played by Jeremy Northam a troubled relationship with his father Peter O'Toole , an emotionally shut down man who won't even grieve for his other son, recently killed in the Boer War. It stars as the Dean, and as Fisk Junior and Fisk Senior respectively and as Wrather.