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The Horse

The Horse (1973)
Director: Charles Burnett
16mm, color

In this haunting coming-of-age tale that its director Charles Burnett has described as a “kind of allegory of the South,” an African American boy gently tends to a horse that is to be shot as a group of white men passively look on.  Burnett artfully employs a sparse lyricism, juxtaposing the stillness of the rural setting against the disquiet imbued by the impending violence. 

Mark Quigley

Available for research at UCLA

Restored from the original 16mm color reversal A/B rolls and the original 16mm magnetic soundtrack by UCLA Film & Television Archive.  Laboratory services by Fotokem and NT Picture and Sound.

Film Credits

Individual Role(s)
Charles Burnett Director
Ian Conner Cinematographer
Gordon Houston Cast
Maury Wright Cast
Gary Morrin Cast
Roger Collins Cast
George Williams Cast