With the breaking news that Steven Spielberg is going to turn the children’s book War Horse into a big-screen motion picture, I’m thinking back on my favorite movie horses.

I’m still not sure anything beats the majesty of The Black Stallion. There was something magical about that horse, as captured by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel – father of the lovely and talented Zooey (She and Him) and Emily (“Bones”) Deschanel, and husband to Mary Jo (“Twin Peaks”).

White Mane is a remarkable film about a horse, but it becomes distracting that the horse is played by horses of differing stature.

I’m sure somebody’s gonna say Seabiscuit, but I remember the people from that movie more than the horse.

Here’s an NPR article about the stage play of War Horse. Strange that I heard that report just this morning.

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