Cinema: Allegories and Icebergs

Director John Frankenheimer continues to be preoccupied with the dynamics of courage and risk. The Horsemen is a further examination (like Grand Prix and The Gypsy Moths before it) of men testing themselves against awesomely high standards of accomplishment. As in the previous films, Frankenheimer succeeds brilliantly at re-creating the visceral tensions of competition. It is only when he tries to analyze them that he gets into difficulty

Based on a florid Joseph Kessel novel, The Horsemen concerns a master Afghan rider named Uraz (Omar Sharif) who enters the game of buzkashi to...

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