The Black Stallion 1979 Criterion Collection
Young Alec Ramsey and his father are on a ship somewhere off the coast of Africa. Alec is bored and while wandering around the ship witnesses how a group of men try to tame a beautiful black stallion. Later on, the boy gives the stallion a few sugar cubes and angers one of its guards. During a powerful storm the ship catches fire and people are forced to jump in the ocean. The stallion is also set free. While the ship slowly begins to sink, Alec and the stallion find each other in the freezing water and together reach a deserted island.
It takes a long time before some Italian fishermen discover Alec. During that time he and the stallion learn to trust each other and then become best friends. Upon their rescue, Alec and the magnificent horse continue their adventures when they join forces with ex-jockey and horse trainer Henry Dailey.

This is a remarkably beautiful looking film with great photography. There are so many stunning moments throughout the film with beautiful sunsets, the blue ocean, and other wonderful scenic elements. The film is a fantastic moving painting. The score for the film is beautiful and hypnotic. The music and photography are terrific together. The filmmaking is pure art: more poetic and reflective than commercial. It mesmerizes and creates a real sense of cinematic magic.

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