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The Black Stallion (1979)



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The quintessential horse movie artfully directed by Carol Ballard, who evokes realistic performances from the actors. As was almost a fad in the late seventies, the soundtrack is sparse, leaving many of the quieter moments genuinely quiet. Here, this technique is used with wonderful results, and when the soundtrack does kick in, it is excellent. The scene where the boy and the stallion dance in the ocean is a masterpiece of composition and cinematography.

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