White Mane (The Criterion Collection)
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A few words about the fighting among the horses. Everyone knows this is common to determine status and rank in the herd. That is reality...in the animal world and, alas, in the human world also. What the film does is depict "White Mane" as he truly is, wild. untamed, and even a little brutal.
This is poetry in film, plain and simple. This is allegory. And it is even ballet as the music - when it is played - is coordinated so perfectly with the movement of the cowboys or the horse. If you are someone who finds joy in watching a jackrabbit scampering along the cracked earth with a wild stallion accompanying his rhythms, then this is the film for you.
And it offers more, as well. The lyrical beauty of the film, the gorgeous black & white photography, the astonishingly expressive face of the boy Folco, all remind us that if there's unfairness in the world, there's also something sublime & deeply moving in it as well -- if only we look for it & see it. And it offers the consolation of art, and of storytelling itself.
I understand the misgivings of some regarding the film's ending. It's ambiguous at best, a harsh reminder that the sensitive of this world are often hounded by those who don't (or won't) understand them, and thus do their best to destroy them. But children can't be protected by denying that sad fact. If anything, a film like this probably enables them to deal with it better.
Adult viewers will savor the poetry, but also shake their heads in doleful recognition. It's a poignant gem of a film, most highly recommended!
Criterion is releasing on two separate DVDs two short movies by Lamorisse shot around the same time -- this one, and the better-known 'Balloon Rouge' or 'Red Balloon', made a handful of years later. Such a shame these two films, which total just 90 minutes together, could not have been released together on just one disc. 'Crin Blanc' is the finer of the two. It is a film for all people, of all ages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Goes on like silk, and my skin feels wonderfully hydrated. I would recommend this product to others.Published 1 month ago by Kay Fisher
I discovered French director, Albert Lamorisse, when I was in graduate school back in the sixties. I fell in love with the Red Balloon and White Mane, which are, today, film... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Skye65
...one of my favorite movies from childhood...always remembered it and was very glad to have found it on DVD...though the child's eyes have dimmed bit... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael Rivers
Great for the grand kids.
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I was so glad to find "White Mane" on Amazon. The first time I saw the movie I was 10 or 11 years old. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Nicole Dupuis
I love this moive! The relationship of man vs. horse was so ugly and boy vs. horse was so beautiful!Published on February 13, 2013 by Mary