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Old 29 June 2011, 03:22 PM   #1
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Spielberg's next movies set during the Great War

Called "War Horse," it's based on the novel and play.
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Old 29 June 2011, 04:08 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by buzz1941 View Post
Called "War Horse," it's based on the novel and play.

Thanks for the "Heads Up" Buzz. Looks like a must see.

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Old 29 June 2011, 04:42 PM   #3
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I was unfamiliar with the story, but this synopsis sounds VERY interesting:

"From director Steven Spielberg comes “War Horse,” an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war—a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history."
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Old 29 June 2011, 06:03 PM   #4
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"War Horse" the book is actually written for young readers, and I read it recently with a group of my Middle Schoolers. It's a great story, but there's no aviation involved (I guess it would be pretty hard to get a horse into an aeroplane). The author could have done a bit more research....he has his 1914 British Tommies wearing steel helmets, etc. For the most part, however, it's pretty good, and written from the horse's persepctive.

I hope the movie turns out well.
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Old 30 June 2011, 12:11 AM   #6
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Here's the trailer, brand new. Looks a lot more spectacular than the book!

[nomedia=""]YouTube - ‪War Horse Trailer‬‏[/nomedia]
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Hopefully if there is a Captain Miller, he won't have his bars painted on the front of his helmet.
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Old 30 June 2011, 06:50 AM   #8
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Great Trailer. The Tommies are wearing cloth hats!

Wonder how many young people will know there was a First World War? How do you cover the subject with your students?

Speaking of horses and speaking German, Greg; my brother had told me that in 'Young Frankenstein" the reason the horse whinnies after the name 'Frau Blucher' is said is that the 'fraublucher' is or sounds like the German word for glue. Is this accurate?

Given my druthers, I think that the play 'War Horse' with the lifesize puppet horse would be more interesting.
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Old 30 June 2011, 07:43 AM   #9
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This is excellent news!A well known director making a WWI film!It would help introduce the war to more people in the US.My mother (who's British) said that her grandfathers dad had to have his horses taken from his farm because the army was running out of them.
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They must fancy it for an Oscar, because the US release date is December 28th this year. In the UK from the middle of January.

Looks like the screenplay is by Richard Curtis, who wrote Blackadder goes Forth, the one set in WWI, and Lee Hall, who wrote Billy Elliot.

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