A film by Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet
1976, 83 minutes
No. 139

Franco Fortini, a Communist critic and writer of the Italian New Left, reads excerpts of his book The Dogs of Sinai, which condemns capitalism and the state of Israel in the aftermath of the Six Day War in 1967, while also reflecting on his own Jewish heritage.

Cinematographer Renato Berta’s panoptic camera surveys the Italian landscape where partisans resisted German soldiers. Fortini/Cani is an elegiac and damning meditation on abuses of power and historical amnesia.