White Bim Black Ear

White Bim Black Ear (Russian: Белый Бим Чёрное ухо, translit. Belyy Bim, Chyornoe ukho) is a 1977 Soviet drama film directed by Stanislav Rostotsky. It is based upon the book of the same name, written by Gavriil Troyepolsky and is about an English Setter with a black ear who becomes homeless because of his master's illness. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 51st Academy Awards.[1]

White Bim Black Ear
USSR film poster
Directed byStanislav Rostotsky
Written byStanislav Rostovsky; Gavriil Troepolsky (novel)
Music byAndrei Petrov
CinematographyVyacheslav Shumsky; Sergey Serebryannikov
Release date
  • 1977 (1977)
Running time
183 minutes
CountrySoviet Union


Ivan Ivanovich, an older man who is fond of reading and nature, buys a puppy despite the dog's improper coloration and black ear, which are considered faults in terms of its breed standard. The man names his dog Bim (diminutive form: Bimka), and often takes him in the country to enable the dog to track birds, as is his nature.

Ivan Ivanovich begins to develop heart problems, and when the disease becomes worse, is taken to a hospital. His dog cannot bear waiting for the only person that ever cared for him, and sets out to find his master. Thus begins the story of a stray dog and his adventures and encounters with many people, both kind and cruel. Ultimately, he is unable to find a permanent home. His owner returns home only to discover that Bim has been tricked by a neighbor and died.


See also


  1. "The 51st Academy Awards (1979) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
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