White Dog

White Dog 1982

by guest writer

White Dog (1982) bears the signature of Samuel Fuller, one of the most valuable American independent directors. Starting out as a war journalist, Sam Fuller began to write screenplays for big Hollywood names from the 1930’s. His films usually employ subjects that involve social aspects. White Dog will probably remain in my head for a long time and many of his other movies have the same echo.

The opening scene finds a young woman driving somewhere on a dark foggy road hitting by mistake a beautiful white Alsatian Shepard. The film builds its tension with the help of fast cutting and impressive music by Ennio Morricone. Samuel Fuller’s talent shows even in this late product of his filmography. With his uncompromising film, he is able to convey such a racial tolerance message through events that unfold in the eyes of a dog that was destroyed by a crippeled, twisted society when he was a puppy, having been trained to attack black people. Using a dog’s behaviour to emphasize the real human cruelty is the movie’s target and accomplishment. This may as be the most original movie on American racism ever made.

photo: Criterion

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