Cinema: Sartre with Gainesburgers

The desire to be an animal is as old as humankind. It can be discerned in the rituals of primitive tribes, the fables of Aesop and the tales of the Grimm Brothers. As society grows more sophisticated, so do the stories, which progress from the wishful to the satiric, from the leisurely to the Swift. In Anatole France's Penguin Island, for example, birds are used to mock the church. In George Orwell's Animal Farm, the target is Communist society.

In Bob Downey's new movie, Pound, the personae are dogs, but the theme is man....

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