Cinema: A Ride on a Dream Horse

THE BLACK STALLION Directed by Carroll Ballard

Screenplay by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg, William D. Wittliff

Watching The Black Stallion is like spending two hours with a stack of National Geographies. Director Carroll Ballard's adaptation of Walter Farley's boy-and-horse novel consists of one stunning view after another: coral seas, scarlet sunsets, moonlit landscapes, stormy skies. Almost every shot is suitable for framing, and Ballard prefers it that way. Whenever actors step into the frame, the director dismisses them quickly; he seems to feel that characters are intruders who come around only to mess up...

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