Andrew Glencross 
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Re: “War Horse leads the holiday film charge

Superbly emotional film. Teared-up several times, not just at animal compassion moments, but at the terrible beauty of Spielberg and Kaminski's film canvas. And you can really tell we're looking at film stock here, not frequently one-dimensional looking digital images. The cavalry charge is a wonder of modern cinema - the riderless horses .. soldiers scythed down by machine gun fire - is chillingly poetic in its restraint, and yet SO GUT WRENCHING (Sorry, don't mean to shout, just so damn impressed with this scene/sequence). It recalled for me Bruce Beresford's Boer War cavalry charge through an encampment in "Breaker Morant".
Mr Spielberg, probably doesn't need reminding, but history's generally accepted last great cavalry charge(albeit by mounted infantry)came even later, in the form of the Australian Desert Corp's magnificent(and successful)charge on the Turkish held wells at Beersheba - Spielberg plays splendid tribute though to the necessary end of a military era, wrought by the machine gun. Also loved "Joey's" joust with the British tank - the clunking new cavalry vs the graceful, but sadly obsolete, old.

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Posted by Andrew Glencross on 01/08/2012 at 8:00 AM

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