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Directed by Carroll Ballard

United States 1979 118 mins. In English

Nominated for two Academy Awards and the winner of a special achievement Oscar for sound editing, Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion is a magnificent rendering of Walter Farley’s much loved children’s novel. Chronicling the close relationship between a child named Alec (Kelly Reno) and a horse that he simply refers to as “Black,” the film contains one of the most vividly rendered shipwrecks in the history of the cinema, in which the boy trades the protection of one guardian figure for, in the form of the titular steed, another. Featuring supporting work by Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, and American folk legend Hoyt Axton, The Black Stallion is a film for the ages and, along with Never Cry Wolf, a testament to the mastery of Ballard’s ability to tell resounding stories without the need for excessive dialogue. “The Black Stallion is a relentless procession of lavishly framed images, each one a marvel of compact visual storytelling.”—Carson Lund, Slant Magazine.

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