Director: Albert Lamorisse
Writers: Albert Lamorisse, Denys Colomb de Duanant (adaptation), James Agee (commentary)
Starring: Alain Emery, Laurent Roche, Clan-Clan
Narrator: Frank Silvera
“White Mane” is a short film by the same director of “The Red Balloon” (1956). Albert Lamorisse’s better known “Balloon” is about a boy who chases a balloon all over Paris. The balloon seems to have its own will and personality and it befriends the child. “White Mane” tells a similar story about a boy who tames a wild stallion. Both films won the best short film at the Cannes Film Festival in their respective years.
“Mane” is a little simpler than “Balloon” and a little more dated by its filming techniques. It’s black and white photography, however, is one of its greatest aspects. The cinematography is simply beautiful. Lengthy passages of the 40-minute film just observe the horse in the beautiful Southern France coastal setting.