Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Movie day

As some of you may know if you follow Nuzzling Muzzles and saw my comment there, I spent the holiday weekend sick. It was either the worst cold I've EVER had, or it was the flu — but whatever it was, it put me completely out of commission for several days.

Although I was feeling better yesterday, I was still weak and didn't feel like doing much, so I decided to take the day off (more or less — I still worked a bit in the evening). I allowed myself to sleep in (since I believe that nothing gets you well faster than lots of extra sleep) and then spent the rest of the day camped out on the couch, watching horse movies.

The first movie I watched is one of my favorite horse movies: Spirit. Yes, okay, it's animated, but it's also one of the best horse stories I've ever seen, not to mention it's got some of the best movie music I've ever heard! If you haven't seen this one, humor me and rent it sometime.

This is the first time I've watched this movie since all the talk of rounding up and euthanizing mustangs. In the beginning of the movie, Spirit's narration tells you that the mustang is the symbol of the West. So much has changed since this movie was made... Have we, as a society, lost our reverence for these beautiful animals?

I also watched Black Beauty, a movie that I own but can't remember ever watching. I always loved the book, both when I read it as a child and again as an adult. As an adult, my enjoyment of the book was altered and enhanced by knowing that the author, Anna Sewell, wrote the story as a commentary on how horses of the day were commonly treated. What a creative way to protest, not to mention to educate children on how horses should be treated!

The movie is a pretty good adaptation of the book and had me in tears at pretty much every other scene. However, I'm not sure I would rate it among my favorite horse movies.

What are your favorite horse movies?



At September 9, 2009 at 10:47 AM, Blogger Reddunappy said...

Sorry you were sick! Glad your feeling better.

Spirit is also one of my favorite movies!
Also My freind Flicka, the original one, and National Velvet.

Hidalgo was good too. LOL I have quite a few on DVD.

At September 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Pam, I don't have Hidalgo or I would have been watching that one, too. I've only seen it once but I loved it! I will have to watch it again sometime soon.

I haven't seen the original My Friend Flicka -- does it follow the book more closely than the newer version? I also have to admit I haven't seen National Velvet. I wasn't horse crazy as a little girl, and thus I think I missed out on some of the classics.

At September 9, 2009 at 11:12 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Oh, I should have also added that one of my all-time favorite horse movies is Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken! Sadly, I don't own it, and couldn't have watched that one yesterday, either.


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