Family Matinee: Animals Save the Day
The Black Stallion
dir. Carroll Ballard, USA, 1979, digital, color, 118 min.
From its turbulent beginning in a storm-swept sea to
its unforgettable horse race finale, The Black Stallion is a modern-day movie
landmark. When a shipwreck leaves Alec (Kelly Reno) a courageous young boy and
Black, a wild Arabian stallion stranded on a desolate island, the two share a
frightening adventure of survival that forges a lasting bond of friendship
between them. Upon their rescue, Alec and the magnificent horse continue their
adventures when they join forces with ex-jockey and horse trainer Henry Dailey
(Mickey Rooney). Recognizing the winning combination of Black's remarkable
spirit and Alec's unwavering devotion to his friend, Dailey takes both under
his wing and prepares them to go head to head with the world's best
thoroughbreds in "the race of the century." One of the most highly
praised productions of 1979, it is "a wonderful experience...for adults
and for kids" (Roger Ebert).
All year long, International House Philadelphia entertains families when we open the doors to all ages for our series of family friendly matinees, two Saturdays each month at 2pm. The series brings the big screen to children, inspiring their imaginations, and yours, too! Take this opportunity to encourage a love of film and art from a young age. Filmgoers of all ages will delight in this carefully curated selection of inspired educational and entertaining cinema from around the world. These films will bring the best of both worlds – education and entertainment. With a diverse line-up of programming geared towards children, teens, parents, and grandparents, there’s no reason to leave anyone at home!
Support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.