Black Stallion

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Discuss how cinematography, sound, and music are used in place of dialogue to tell the story of The Black Stallion. How did director Carroll Ballard develop the relationship between The Black and Alec, and then the relationship between Alec and Henry? Be sure to give specific examples to support your ideas.

The Black Stallion is a 1979 American film directed by Carroll Ballard based on the 1941 classic children's novel, “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley. It tells the story of Alec Ramsey, who is shipwrecked on a deserted island, together with a wild Arabian stallion whom he befriends. After being rescued, with the help of Mr. Henry they set on entering a race in challenging two champion horses. Black Stallion was selected in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant through its marvelous cinematography, music, direction, script, editing, and values. The film brings to life in an entertaining fashion, the powerful relationship between trust and friendship and personal strength. It is about the powerful bond between friends; a boy and his horse, man and boy, and a wild horse and human beings. Their trust and faith in one another becomes unbreakable, which empowers all the characters in the film to find the personal courage to conquer personal fears and problems through each other. In the first half of the film, not more than a few pages of dialogue are spoken. This technique opens up a new window of cinematic language for director Carroll Ballard and film making on a whole. His brilliant use of camera angles, scene transition, and sound helps viewers to interpret, relate and understand the story. This tight spot also encourages the relationship between Alec and the Black. While on the stranded Island Alec forages to find food and sees the stallion caught in some rocks. Willingly he frees the horse and they gradually become friends on the island. Alec...
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