The Dog

What happens to one’s indentity when Hollywood makes an adaptation out of a person’s life story? An answer to this question is served by “The Dog”. Awarded with several Oscars, The Dog Day Afternoon tells about a man who tries to rob a bank to finance his partner’s sex reassignment surgery. The film is based on a true story, and the documentary The Dog introduces John Wojtowicz who actually did try to rob a bank in 1972. The robbery backfired badly, but thanks to the Hollywood version of his story, John was finally able to pay for dear Liz Eden’s surgery.

In The Dog, John himself, his mother, wife, several lovers and those present on the day of the robbery recount their own of versions of the incident. The its reasons and the fact how a fictional film affected the real “Dog’s” identity and life. The documentary takes a look at the meaning of stories in building an identity, but it also looks at how the position of homosexuals has developed from the 1970s until this day.

Text: Juulia Jaulimo / Translation: Anniina Hautakoski

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Language: English
No subtitles



  • Director: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2013
  • Length: 101 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Amanda Micheli, Nim-Rod Bachar, Wolfgang Held, Pete Ginsburg, Axel Baumann
  • Editing: Frank Keraudren
  • Audio: Andrew Freiband, Brad Bergbom
  • Production: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren / Unleashed Films


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