This remarkable adaptation of Walter Farley's classic children's novel by Carroll Ballard-in which an American boy is rescued after a shipwreck off the coast of North Africa by a seemingly untamable wild horse-is a cinematic tour de force. From the crystalline shores of a deserted island in the Arabian Sea to the green grass and dusty roads of 1930s suburban New York, Ballard and director of photography Caleb Deschanel create a film of consistent visual invention and purity, also featuring a winning supporting performance by Mickey Rooney as a retired jockey and a gorgeous score by Carmine Coppola.
Five short films by Carroll Ballard, with introductions by the director: Pigs! (1965), The Perils of Priscilla (1969), Rodeo (1969), Seems Like Only Yesterday (1971), and Crystallization (1974)
New conversation between Ballard and film critic Scott Foundas
New interview with Deschanel
New piece featuring photographer Mary Ellen Mark discussing her images from the film's set