Friday, May 12, 2017

The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)


General Film Distributors (UK)
Directed by Anthony Pélissier
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Home Vision Entertainment)

A young boy develops the ability to predict horse races by fervently riding his new rocking horse until it whispers the name. He gets help from friendly handyman John Mills, who places the bets at the local racetrack. They accumulate a great deal of money, which he intends to use to save his parents failing marriage. The household is nearly bankrupt due to his father's gambling debts and his mother's extravagant lifestyle. It doesn't end well. Based on a short story by D.H. Lawrence, moodily photographed by Desmond Dickinson, who captures the story's dark and strange atmosphere, particularly the riding sequences of the boy on the rocking horse.

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