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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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"White Dog" coming out on dvd

My husband produced this movie before I even met him. Here's a mini review from the New York Times .

Quote: White Dog (1982)

It's almost redundant to complain about the stupidity of pressure
groups that attack movies over their pet issues. If you view movies
solely as vehicles for the right or wrong message, you've already
announced your inability to comprehend the ambiguities and
complexities of art.

Samuel Fuller's 1982 "White Dog," which, in this Criterion DVD, is
getting its first official release of any kind in its own country, has
suffered particularly from pressure groups. In this adaptation of the
Romain Gary story, Kristy McNichol, below, plays a young Los Angeles
actress who takes in a pure white German shepherd stray only to
discover that the dog has been trained to attack black people. The
black actor Paul Winfield, in a tense performance, plays an animal
trainer who is convinced that because racism is learned it can be
unlearned, despite the skepticism of his colleague, played by Burl

As Fuller tells it in his autobiography, "A Third Face," Paramount
granted an N.A.A.C.P. representative permission to visit the set to
vet the movie's depiction of black characters. Understandably
insulted, Fuller — a die-hard integrationist who had consistently put
black actors in nonstereotypical parts, who had given Nat King Cole a
starring role when that popular singer's television variety show was
canceled because sponsors would not sign up — demanded that the
N.A.A.C.P. representative be banned from the set. Shortly after,
rumors began to circulate that the film was racist, and, fearing
adverse publicity, the Paramount honchos at the time, Michael Eisner
and Jeffrey Katzenberg, shelved the movie. (A veteran film booker told
me that in the '80s, one Paramount executive had a sign on his door
that read, "Don't ask me about 'White Dog.' ")

The pity of this is that "White Dog" is a profoundly antiracist film,
though a despairing one. Fuller, the patriotic liberal whose
muckraking style had always demonstrated a belief in the possibility
of reform, is here saying that while racism is learned, it is also a
poison that can never be banished from those it infects. A tabloid
artist, Fuller reveled in the juice and force of melodrama, and he has
been dismissed or ridiculed by those who believe art must be subtle.
"White Dog" is among his most potent films, and also his most elegant,
thanks to the photography of Bruce Surtees and Ennio Morricone's

The dog is a killer. But a close-up of Ms. McNichol's hand lost in the
inviting thickness of its fur — literally, the image of a girl and her
dog — is a potent reminder of how hatred can be familiar, reassuringly
close. It should never have taken this long for Americans to see
"White Dog." (Criterion, Dec. 2, $29.95) CHARLES TAYLOR

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Re: "White Dog" coming out on dvd

Oh! I've been wanting to see that movie for a while now! Not just for the GSD in it either. Growing up, I was a Kristy McNichol fan!

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will not change the
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