Samuel Fuller’s throat-grabbing exposé on American racism was misunderstood and withheld from release when it was made in the early eighties; today, the notorious film is lauded for its daring metaphor and gripping pulp filmmaking. Kristy McNichol stars as a young actress who adopts a lost German shepherd, only to discover through a series of horrifying incidents that the dog has been trained to attack black people, and Paul Winfield plays the animal trainer who tries to cure him. A snarling, uncompromising vision, White Dog is a tragic portrait of the evil done by that most corruptible of animals: the human being. —The Criterion Collection
Noted for his tabloid-influenced storytelling style, breathless camera work, and extreme close-ups, Fuller was a pugnacious, tough-as-nails man whose movies reflect a uniquely personal vision; obsessed with themes of falsehood and deception, his films illuminated the cultural divisions at the heart of American society, depicting a grim, immoral world far removed from the placid surface typically on display in more mainstream fare. Celebrated as a genius by his fans, and denounced as a sensationalist by his detractors, Fuller was a deeply patriotic man quick to criticize his country’s flaws, as well as a raw, anarchic filmmaker capable of moments of inexpressible beauty; such contradictions fueled and ultimately defined both him and his body of work, which continues to exert tremendous influence over such prominent filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Jim Jarmusch. Samuel Michael Fuller was born August 12, 1912, in Worcester, MA, and raised in New York City; at the age… read more
After the first half hour there's a scene that immediately reminded me of one from the Coens' True Grit. Might have been the way it was shot, from inside an office including windows views of the outside. After another minute, the man in the office talks about 'the hand that helped Duke to win the Oscar' (for True Grit's original version !!!)! As a metaphor, I like White Dog not for its statement against racism, but for a possible one against killings (war) as the 'quick fix' (there got to be another way, needing maybe unlimited patience but no violence). As a film, even at a second viewing, I cannot say I liked it (really, because of the script itself)
A white dog attacking a black man in a church... That's what you call a strong statement, towards society. Brilliant movie. Touché, Mr. Fuller.
Perfect thriller with Morricone's very familiar film score. I've heard this tune before but I can't remember what movie is this.
An allowance for irrationality forges the difference between a shrewd and a calculating eye. This arrangement (of facts, of phenomena, of the
This movie may not be scary to all of you, but if you’re black and happen to love dogs, this may fuck with your head a bit. Sam Fuller’s notorious ‘White Dog’ is about a racist, orphaned dog, and the… read review
Rife with metaphors for the human condition (or rather how we can’t truly be unconditioned), Fuller’s sure-handed direction and Morricone’s piano underscore one of the most unflinching yet heartfelt… read review
Samuel Fuller é um dos grandes realizadores Norte-americanos. Apesar de não ser tão reconhecido como alguns dos seus conterrâneos foi um realizador que nunca se sentiu inibido em fazer filmes sobre… read review