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White Mane (1953)

Crin blanc: Le cheval sauvage (original title)
In the Camargue, France, a young boy bonds with a white haired horse that escaped from ranchers.

Director:

Albert Lamorisse

Writers:

Albert Lamorisse (original scenario), Denys Colomb de Daunant (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alain Emery ... Folco, the Fisher-Boy
Laurent Roche Laurent Roche ... Folco's Grandfather
Clan-Clan Clan-Clan
Pascal Lamorisse ... Folco's Younger Brother
Francois Perie Francois Perie
Charles Guillaume Charles Guillaume
Alain Colomb Daunant Alain Colomb Daunant ... (as Alain Colomb de Daunant)
Denys Colomb de Daunant Denys Colomb de Daunant ... Horse Breeder
Charles Fouhetty Charles Fouhetty ... (as Charles Fouchetty)
Pierre Bestieux Pierre Bestieux
Pierre Moureaux-Nery Pierre Moureaux-Nery
Jean-Pierre Grenier Jean-Pierre Grenier ... Narrator (voice) (as J. P. Grenier)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Silvera ... Narrator- English
Peter Strauss ... Narrator - English - restored version
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Storyline

A boy comes across a white-haired wild horse in the Camargue. Ranchers seek to capture the horse, but it escapes. What will happen as the boy sets out to find the horse again? The film is set in the gorgeous landscape of the Camargue, a marsh area in the south of France where the river Rhone meets the Mediterranean Sea. Written by <xaviermartin@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 December 1953 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

White Mane See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Montsouris See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Awards:
  • Nominated for the Best Documentary BAFTA Award (1954).
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Featured in The Son of Gascogne (1995) See more »

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Deserved the prize at Cannes
20 February 2014 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

Here is a child-and-horse story that goes beyond Hollywood clichés. It's idyllic and untamed, with an undertone of menace.

The somewhat artless execution is redeemed by the sublime theme and photography. And the ending blew me away.

Then, there's the wonderful acting of the principles. The boy is beautiful and earnest, his little family achingly sweet. Notice the little sister. At very young ages they tend to be undisciplined. But this tot is fully into her part, doubtless thanks to director Albert Lamorisse, who later directed his masterpiece, The Red Balloon. Of course the old grandpa is completely natural. The herders are less convincing as actors, though spectacular as horsemen.

The poignancy of the story reminds me of The Little Prince (book), also by a Frenchman. The French are very good at childhood themes. See Forbidden Games, War of the Buttons, the 400 Blows, the aforesaid Red Balloon, and Zero for Conduct, the masterpiece by Jean Vigo, whose eponymous prize White Mane won, as well as Cannes.


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