THE BLACK STALLION is based on a popular children’s novel from the1940’s. It’s got a fairly standard plot but it’s stunningly well made. Eleven year old Kelly Reno plays Alec, a young boy on an ocean voyage with his father when he watches a magnificent stallion being forced into a stable on board. When the ship sinks during a fierce storm, the boy and the horse wind up alone on a deserted island where they must learn to depend on each other to survive. But it takes patience and ingenuity for the boy to tame this stallion he calls “the Black.” THE BLACK STALLION was directed by Carroll Ballard in 1979. His first love was always cinematography, so he hired Caleb Deschanel, an Oscar winning Director of Photography. Working together they created a beautiful film that uses less dialogue than any story telling feature I’ve ever seen. The lovely sequences that show the boy and the stallion coming to know and trust each other contain some of the most exquisite cinematography I’ve ever seen in a movie. The inspired music is by Oscar winner Carmine Copolla.
By Terry Hunter| May 11, 2020 at 3:27 PM HST - Updated May 11 at 3:27 PM