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From times immemorial, man has enjoyed the horse in all manners, as art object, speed racer, cart-puller, and circus acts. Cars are taking the horses' place in transportation, and these are being slaughtered for meat. Will men hear the whining of the horses again? Written by Artemis-9

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One of the most stunningly beautiful films ever.
2 November 2004 | by (Guatemala, Guatemala) – See all my reviews

I had a 16mm print until it was stolen. I watched the film hundreds of times and it never stopped amazing me. The birds in the night light flying through the bare branches is just an awesome image.

As an elegy to the horse it beats Seabiscuit by three lengths. In carefully layered sequences, Zoltan Huszarik shows the evolution of man's relationship with the horse, from fellow worker, to provider of diversion, to a discarded relic of earlier times. The slaying of the former companion echoes Artaud for the truth that confronts the viewer about man's indifference to everything and the human economics of Hungarian life under the Soviets. It remains one the most stunningly beautiful films ever.


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