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When Samuel Fuller, that pugnacious auteur, made White Dog, he was attempting to show that racism was a trait both feral and learned. But reactionary interpretation by the moral, um, watchdogs, forced the film to be shelved. Disgusted, Fuller went to France in a self-imposed exile. In the film, Kristy McNichol accidentally runs over a white German shepherd. She nurses it back to health and then discovers, to her horror, that the dog has been trained to attack black people. Paul Winfield plays the animal trainer who takes on the dog’s deprogramming as his personal mission. Some extra kibbles and tidbits about the film: The script was co-written by 8 Mile helmsman Curtis Hanson; one of the Simons from Simon & Simon plays McNichol’s love interest; and even legendary producer/Hoover Robert Evans (The Kid Stays in the Picture), at the height of his snowblindness, knew enough to steer clear of the controversy and passed on the film. It screens at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (David Dunlap Jr.)