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White Dog (1982)
Music by Ennio Morricone
White Dog White Dog
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Price: $14.96
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: March 2010
Catalog #: Vol. 13, No. 3
# of Discs: 1

White Dog (1982) is an exceptional Samuel Fuller drama about a provocative concept: the title refers not to a dog with white fur but to one that has been brutally trained to attack African-Americans. The film stars Kristy McNichol as a struggling Hollywood actress who adopts such an animal—unaware of its true nature—then takes it to trainers played by Burl Ives and Paul Winfield in an attempt to undo its conditioning.

White Dog was an unfortunate case where, prior to release, controversy over the film’s subject matter led to fears that it carried a racist message—which could not be further from the truth. The film is, in fact, a mature drama virtually bereft of racist characters; the only racist behavior depicted is that of the dog, and the animal is, if anything, a victim itself of the scourge. Nonetheless, the film was shelved and virtually unseen in America until a recent DVD release.

Adding immeasurably to White Dog is the meditative and melodic score by Ennio Morricone—a beautiful example of the Maestro’s restraint, musical sophistication and impeccable taste. Haunting, classically styled themes are used to create waves of moods and sensations, from pensive unease to operatic violence to elegiac beauty, as the characters struggle to understand and deprogram the dangerous yet tragic title animal.

All previous editions of the White Dog soundtrack were pirate copies taken from an unreleased album master. FSM’s premiere CD features the complete score from the three-track ½” film mixes by recording engineer Dan Wallin in excellent sound quality. (The booklet features instructions on how to program the tracks that comprised the album mock-up.) Liner notes are by Jason Comerford. Nearly three decades later, yet another of Ennio Morricone’s cinematic gems is given its due on CD. 

Ennio Morricone Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Italian composer Ennio Morricone (b. 1928) is one of the most legendary and prolific composers in the history of cinema, from his "spaghetti" westerns to heralded dramatic scores (The Mission, Once Upon a Time in America—and over 400 others). From his pop inventions of the 1960s and '70s to his timeless, elegiac and poetic symphonic works, he is a towering figure not only in movie music, but pop culture and contemporary music—and highly influential in several fields. IMDB

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WHITE DOG!

Film Score Monthly presents this expanded new release by Ennio Morricone!

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/13634/WHITE-DOG/

Wooooo!

NOOOWAYY!!

So stoked. Thank you!!!

BARK! BARK! ROOOOAAAARRRR!!

A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!

Wow! This is a surprise.

Greg Espinoza

Kudos, LK - a spectacular release!

Score sounds great!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg-jabBZGq0[/youtube]

To be serious now - this really is gut-wrenching music, and I'm only halfway through the samples thus far. And I still need to pick up my copies of Black Sunday and Prophecy. :(

I'll wait for another several hours and possibly combine orders with Intrada.

Both film and score are absolute masterpieces. For those who haven't seen the film - shame and skammen - purchase the excellent Criterion DVD immediately.

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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Leader (Conductor):
Ennio Morricone

Violin:
Arnold Belnick, Harry Bluestone, Norman Carr, Isabelle Daskoff, David Frisina, Harris Goldman, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, Brian Leonard, Marvin Limonick, Mary Debra Lundquist, David Montagu, Stanley Plummer, Nathan Ross, Haim Shtrum, Marshall Sosson, Joseph Stepansky, Polly Sweeney, David D. Turner, Gerald Vinci

Viola:
Alan B. DeVeritch, James F. Dunham, Pamela Goldsmith, Gail Guarneri (Earn), Allan Harshman, David Schwartz, Linn Subotnick, Milton Thomas

Cello:
Robert Lee "Bob" Adcock, Barry R. Gold, Paula Hochhalter, Barbara Jane Hunter (Badgley), Armand Kaproff, Raymond J. Kelley, Armen Ksajikian, Robert Martin, Harry L. Shlutz

Bass:
Charles L. Domanico, Peter A. Mercurio, Buell Neidlinger, Meyer (Mike) Rubin

Flute:
Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), Sheridon W. Stokes

Oboe:
Earle D. Dumler

Clarinet:
Dominick Fera, Abe Most

Bassoon:
Jack Marsh

Saxophone:
Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang)

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, Richard E. Perissi, Henry Sigismonti

Trumpet:
Graham Young

Trombone:
William Booth, Charles C. Loper, Richard "Dick" Nash, Lloyd E. Ulyate

Tuba:
John T. "Tommy" Johnson

Piano:
Ralph E. Grierson, Pete Jolly (Ceragloli), Michael A. Lang, Chet Swiatkowski

Guitar:
Dennis Budimir

Drums:
Larry Bunker

Orchestra Manager:
Carl Fortina

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