As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
Through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.
On the outbreak of the First World War, Albert's beloved horse 'Joey' is sold to the Cavalry by his Father. After being sent to France, in a bid to survive, Joey has an unexpected journey across war torn Europe. Albert enlists in the British Army, and is wounded during the Battle of the Somme. Whilst recovering in Hospital, he learns of a Horse, found in no mans land.
This was Steven Spielberg's first film to be edited digitally. He has famously held onto editing traditionally; his editor, Michael Kahn, has edited nearly all of Spielberg's films on a Moviola. See more »
When the German machine gunners reach their guns, they open fire without elevating their guns thus spraying bullets at around 1 to 2 feet above ground. However dozens of horses manage to come through this hail of bullets unharmed, while their riders sitting at least 5 feet above the ground die in scores. See more »
I was lucky enough to see War Horse as a sneak preview in Atlanta and it was certainly a treat to behold. Steven Spielberg's latest historical adaptation tells the story of a forlorn connection between a young English lad and his courageous horse. Instead of discussing the plot, I would rather elaborate on the artistic elements, that make War Horse really shine.
War Horse does a superb job of creating an emotional connection between the audience and the horse; taking us through a myriad of experiences, both tragic and triumphant. Visually speaking, Spielberg's direction and the cinematography are as majestic as the horse itself. There are long sweeping shots of the expansive English countryside combined with an endearing Williams score. It is Spielberg's most thoughtful presentation in quite some time. Additionally, Spielberg has captured some glorious color saturation reminiscent of Gone With the Wind. Despite some plot holes in the narrative, this film really shines as wholesome cinematic storytelling. It is classic Spielberg, with a captivating story to boot.I am certain this film will be very popular during the holiday season although it may not capture the imagination of the Academy. All in all, a treat for the eyes and a heartwarming story. What else could you ask for?
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