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Cutting Horse

A man and a horse in a rural landscape.
August 28, 2022 - 7:00 pm
Q&A with filmmaker Larry Clark.

Cutting Horse

U.S., 2002

An epic clash between rival ranches run by rival families locked in a generational struggle over Western lands, Cutting Horse evokes, for all its independent production credentials, A-list roadshow Western pictures of the 1950s. If that seems like a surprising lineage from the director of Passing Through and As Above, So Below, Larry Clark operates here in full revisionist mode, framing his story through the reminiscence of a Mexican American landowner and the allyship he finds in a stoic Black horse trainer, haunted by his past, who returns home seeking redemption. In that, Tyler (Albert Harris) stands in a direct line of descent from Clark’s earlier alienated seekers Eddie Warmack (Passing Through) and Jita-hadi (As Above, So Below) in his struggle to make a place for himself and his community in the face of ruthless, racist opposition.

35mm, color, 124 min. Director: Larry Clark. Screenwriter: David Heintz, Larry Clark. With: Albert Harris, Cesar E. Flores, Robert Earl Crudup.

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