Spielberg and his military imagination “ Fighting horse “. Very quickly?Professionalism - a two-edged sword. On the one hand, knowing all cherished secrets of process, it is possible to be sure on all hundred of the end result. With another - the confidence does process routine, and all its fruits - expected. The element of surprise will atrophy.
Such bad story turned out with Steven Spielberg`s tape “ Fighting horse “ (2011) which the director issued the master - a class on squeezing of tears of happiness.
Running forward, I will tell that “ Fighting horse “ following the results of a year also the Gold Globe was nominated for all leading film awards of the world, including Saturn, BAFTA, the Oscar. Also did not receive anything. In general anything. Without prizes there was left even a native company of Spielberg DreamWorks which specialists traditionally were responsible on the project for a sound, installation and visual special effects. Besides that the military drama had chances much more, than at “ Munich “ in 2003 - m. A checkmate on all fronts if to consider, as in hire “ Fighting horse “ galloped very unconvincingly, having shown results of which anyone could be proud, but only not Spielberg.
We will not forget that the director of a kvadrologiya about adventures “ Indiana Jones “ author “ Alien “ and “ Schindler`s List “ by right it is considered one of the most influential film figures of Hollywood. For achievement of such status of one talent will be a little. The matter is that Spielberg, the prominent representative of generation of film child prodigies 80 - x, is not only the inventive creator, but also the prudent pragmatist. It proves also the fact that relative failure with “ Fighting horse “ not too upset Stephen. Right after it it switched to almost sure bet, having taken as a basis of the following movie “ Lincoln “ biography of the father of the American nation. And, apparently, this time the film academy will be more favorable to it.
… At the beginning of the XX century the concept “ horsepower “ it was perceived by people literally, but not within DVS power assessment. And the farmer without horse was considered as the person lost at all. That is why, when Ted Narrakott (Peter Mullan) brought home not a mighty stallion for an arable land, but not trained race horse redeemed by it for the mad sum of 30 guineas, his spouse Rose (Emily Watson) flew into a rage. Not only that year was given poor harvest, so Ted also ran into debt to the local landlord Lyons (David Tyyulis) who only and waits for an opportunity to expose Narrakott and his family on the street. Not too the son Albert who since the childhood dreamed of own horse endures about the future only it and with pleasure began to train a pet in simple tricks.
Nevertheless, despite local success of Albert and his favourite Joey, business at a farm went worse and worse. And then burst a thunder in the middle of the clear sky and the kingdom entered World War I. Having seized the moment, the father sold a stallion to the English officer going to a front line. Albert was out of himself from a grief, but was forced to obey to will of the head of family.
And from this point misadventures of Joey who on the course of war managed to visit many forms began. The destiny abandoned a fighting horse in both conflicting camp. From hands of the English officer it removed to two German teenagers that then for a while to settle on the French farm from where he had to get up on service to the opponent again. War takes away everything and from all, but it could not destroy friendship of two hearts, and, sooner or later, courses of life of Albert and Joey will be crossed … by
History of birth " again; Fighting horse “ began in 1982 when the novel of the same name of Michael Morpurgo was published. Both personal observations of the writer, and stories of veterans of World War I on which only one Britain lost up to 2% of able-bodied population and nearly one million horses formed a basis for the book. Morpurgo wrote the novel counting on school students and in the status of the children`s writer became famous in native England.
First of all the book interested local theater-goers and was successfully put on the stage of Uest - Enda where caught sight to the close girlfriend and Spielberg`s colleague, the producer Cathleen Kennedy. Decision on the screen version “ Fighting horse “ it was accepted rapidly, the scenario was charged to the author “ Four weddings and one funeral “ To Richard Curtice, the director`s chair after some thoughts was occupied by Spielberg, having connected to the project of the permanent assistants - the operator Janusz Kaminski and the composer John Williams. In other words, the director began to remove “ To Rescue the private Joey “ only without Tom Hanks, but with horses. Also the choice of an era of the narration, the benefit seemed advantageous that World War I events in cinema are covered far worse, than events of the fortieth years of the XX century.
It is difficult to reproach Spielberg that he is not able to shoot movies about war. It is that is called a stone in the wrong kitchen garden, exactly thanks to the military dramas “ Schindler`s List “ and “ To Rescue the private Ryan “ the director passed from a camp of cinema of Hollywood, entertaining in the list of rather serious directors. A problem just not in “ inability “ and in ability.
“ Fighting horse “ - heroic epik, verified to trifles. Spielberg to within a second knows where the emotional pressure reaches peak to force the viewer to climb furtively behind a handkerchief. The sure operator hand of Kaminski focuses attention on the pacified muzzle (in the movie horses treat obviously better, than people) the died racer while the composer Williams a hysterical melody prompts to the viewer that it is time not to hesitate of tears.
These checked and simple manipulations are distinctly traced for all more than two hours. Neither brilliant actor`s game of mainly British performers, nor smart panoramic views of rural England and the war of France captured by a big fire, realistic battle shootings can cover with themselves the fact that all road authors without a moment`s hesitation juggle with audience. The picture is truthful, cruel, convincing in details and is global in war rejection in general, but the life spark is lost that is not similar at all to Spielberg whom we know.
In a tape there are a lot of lucky finds, creative and visual. The director was faced by a difficult task to shoot film about war, but to try not to frighten off the viewer bloody details without which his last drama films do not do. Some scenes “ Munich “ to these are always on my mind, and the Russian TV viewer is deprived by this “ pleasures “ because censorship of Channel One thoroughly pochikat a tape. In a case with “ Fighting horse “ there is no such need, creators got rid of excessively burdensome episodes and achieved the most commercial rating of PG - 13 that, however, was not strongly reflected in a box office.
Trouble, partially, and that after brutal frames of slaughter in “ To Rescue the private Ryan “ unexpected splash in the humanity reaching absurdity in “ Fighting horse “ causes in admirers of talent of Spielberg unconscious “ rupture of the " template;. Having undertaken the screen version of the novel about philanthrophy and self-sacrifice, the director could not but understand that it is necessary to contradict itself.
After the enchanting bastard performed by Ralph Fiennes (“ Schindler`s List “) somehow it is not believed that the military drama can do without negative characters entirely. In this connection it is necessary to recognize that “ Fighting horse “ - it is only technically faultless, smartly removed and put, but the fairy tale having nothing in common with reality.