A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses.A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses.A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses.
What helped bring this film to such a level was the:
The acting by Richard Burton and Peter Firth. Richard Burton gives one the top five performances of his career playing an experienced psychologist who has a new patient. That new patient is Peter Firth who plays a horse loving teenager who suddenly blinds six horses. Peter Firth and Richard Burton combined to give one of the most haunting and disturbing duo performances ever getting deep inside the mind of and thinking of the human being. Burton was so haunting with that look in his eyes when he plays crazy. He is one of the most underrated actors in terms of playing chilling and frightening performances. He could probably play Hannibal Lechter. Peter Firth to me was robbed of the Oscar losing to Jason Robards who played barely 10 minutes in Julia. Lets not make this into a an Oscar snub rant though. The truly haunting part about the acting is the effect that Firth's character has on the Burton's character who starts to envy him. At that point of the film I got more freaked out than ever have before but trust me there is plenty more that Firth and Burton do that will shock like you have never before.
The directing was superb. Sidney Lumet really shows here that he can do more than courtroom dramas. This is one of the best directed movies ever. In order for a movie to be so deep and so frightening the directing has to be great. Here Sidney Lumet proves once again why he is such a creative and great director. This is one of Lumet's best movies. This comes together with the cinematography and writing that really makes you feel the schizophrenic/craziness come over you.
This movie seems like it could be shown in many college classes or something of a high academic level. It really can be dissected in so many ways. The relationships of people and how they develop. The type of effect they can have on people and when can you truly say you have had a meaningful life or have really experienced life. For example lines like this: "That's what his stare has been saying to me all this time: 'At least I galloped - when did you?'" With lines like this you will question yourself and your experiences. Even worse, maybe the people defined as crazy are not crazy but instead maybe you are, In short what is truly normal or sane? Tough questions and statements that have been brought about by this movies that really brings this movie such a level that most movies and books can't reach in terms of maturity and meaning.
My advice would be too watch this film but you need to be at a mature level going into watch it. This is not your ordinary film, it is horrific at a deep level which does not come about too often in movies. Some scenes maybe freaky and psychologically frightening but if you watch this you will certain wonder about yourself and what goes on in your mind. Trust me you will definitely get something out of this.
One line that can describe one of the many themes in this movie is: "In my mouth lies this sharp chain, and it never comes out"
- Apr 23, 2008