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War Horse is showing this Thursday, July 12 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Murphy Library — don’t miss it!

Posted on: July 8, 2012

This Thursday, July 12 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing War Horse, Steven Spielberg’s unforgettable movie about a young man and his beloved horse during World War I.  Running time is 146 minutes and the film is rated PG-13.

 Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) trains and bonds with a horse he calls Joey his father Ted (Peter Mullan) had bought at auction.  His mother Rose (Emily Watson) is worried that the horse will not help in the fields, but she is wrong – the horse understands his work and will do anything for his young master.

Then World War I begins, the crops suffer in the heat and Joey is sold to the cavalry.  What else can Albert do but enlist in hopes he can find his precious horse. 

War Horse was originally a novel by Michael Morpurgo, the much loved English writer of children’s books.  He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 1999 for his services to Children’s Literature and the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to Children’s Literature.

The Murphy Library has the book available to borrow in the youth fiction area — there may be a little wait – it’s a popular book.

 The film received Oscar nominations for  Best Art Direction, Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski, Music by John Williams, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and of course, Best Motion Picture. 

Listen closely to the sound in the picture, as when Albert calls his horse, Joey, and you will understand why Sound Editing and Mixing are so important.  As always John Williams’ score will blow you away and the cinematography of Janusz Kaminiski nails the emotions of the day.  He was born in Poland and came to America to study at Columbia College in Chicago.  He has been the cinematographer on films from Saving Private Ryan to Amistad to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

War Horse was filmed around England in Surrey, Wiltshire, Devon, Bedfordshire, at Twickenham Film Studios in St Margarets, Twickenham, Middlesex, and at Wisley Airfield in Surrey.

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