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the film Dean Spanley.


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Initial post: 1 Jan 2012 16:12:08 GMT
ive just watched this wonderful film on tv and had a very emotional (tearful) response near the end! i think if you love dogs,like me, it would be more affecting. did anyone else feel the same way??

Posted on 7 Feb 2012 18:22:16 GMT
Merlin's Owl says:
Obviously not...

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2012 21:15:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Feb 2012 21:15:50 GMT
Hi, I saw this a while ago when it first came out on dvd and really enjoyed it. A magical and imaginative film, and quite moving too. An undiscovered gem I'd say.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012 15:13:25 GMT
thanks for that...glad someone else appreciated a magical film instead of sending a flippant reply!

Posted on 4 Mar 2012 21:36:58 GMT
Neal Vincent says:
I also saw it when it first appeared on DVD, and my interest was due to it being based on a story by Lord Dunsany - an Irish writer of imaginative fiction who I'd recently read a collection of short stories by. I think "Dean Spanley" is the only attempt so far to adapt Dunsany's work to film - but I'm happy to be corrected on that if someone knows better.

Dunsany is most often mentioned these days as an inspiration to H P Lovecraft (mainly in Lovecraft's early "dream" stories, I'd say, rather than the later tentacular horrors) but "Dean Spanley" is certainly NOT in the horror genre. What it is, however, is a perfectly charming, whimsical, genteel drama of pure imagination that seems to have slipped under most people's radars. Shame.

Posted on 4 Mar 2012 23:27:57 GMT
reflekTIER says:
If you are into Dunsany, Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith etc. you may want to check out this collection of short films: Old Fantasy New Gothic (aka the Death Collection)

amazon ASIN: B000LXS8SM

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2013 17:07:53 BDT
thanks for that lovely and informative response!

Posted on 23 Jul 2013 14:45:37 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
i picked this DVD up really cheap and, not expecting much, was totally blown away by it. A charming, gently humorous, poignant and profound little work that was well scripted, acted and directed. Also enjoyed by other family members. Highly recommended.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2013 23:33:11 BDT
thanks for that i felt just the same way.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2013 17:00:54 BDT
Chorlton says:
dean spanley. I saw this on sky movies really early one morning and s sbbbed for about a week! I seriously have alump in my throat now! A really beautiful film and so unusal. Peter O Toole is brilliant

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2013 14:05:16 BDT
thanks for that,yes peter o'toole is fantastic,what a range he can play when you think of lawrence of arabia!
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