Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality

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  • Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality

    Or so the 'hero' of Robert Altman's 'The Player' would tell you, but can anyone give any actual, viable, examples of this? Outside of Equus. This may be a challenge.
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    Re: Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality

    The omnipresence of horses in the Lord of the Rings films is clearly linked to the characters' confused sexuality. The scene in the first film where the horse is sucked into the marsh is a metaphor for Frodo and Sam's apprehension at admitting their attraction for one another - witness Frodo's anxiety at the horse 'going down' and being 'sucked' into the marsh. Then later, in the concluding scenes of the trilogy, Sam carries Frodo, taking the place of the horse...

    Nah, only joshing. Sounds like a load of bollocks to me. I would say horses are more a symbol of power and the untameable aspect of nature - if you've ever been on a horse you never fully shake off the sense that it could suddenly go crazy and f**k you up if it felt like it. Many people killed/injured by horses were confident, skilled riders. It's just that the horse is ultimately an animal, and a bloody strong one at that.

    FWIW if I think horses and films, I think Michael Clayton and Jagged Edge.
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      Re: Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality

      Michael Clayton would of ****ed that horse if his car hadn't of blown up
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        Re: Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality

        Hemingway would say, "The horse is just a horse."

        If I remember well, Equus was written after Peter Shaffer read in the paper about an incident where a young man blinded several horses, and he started wondering about the young man's motives.
        Last edited by Dr. Vergerus; 02-19-2014, 11:13 AM.

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          Re: Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality

          Originally posted by Jules View Post
          Or so the 'hero' of Robert Altman's 'The Player' would tell you, but can anyone give any actual, viable, examples of this? Outside of Equus. This may be a challenge.
          What's "sexual irrationality?" I wasn't aware sexuality was rational.

          It seems to me that a symbol is what the writer makes it. Horses, to me, mean independence and freedom. Horses to another mean power. Horses can be mystical. So can cats. Or waterfalls.
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            Re: Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality

            A horse is just a horse, of course, of course,
            And few symbols can be made of a horse of course
            If you want a message send it coded morse
            Don't be a horse's rear end.

            But if you insist on symbolizing the horse
            Getting it to say what you want to hear and endorse.
            If you put it in a script your agent will you divorce.
            And your career will be at an end.

            Movie people yakkity yak and this is what they say:
            A horse will never be a symbol, that card just won't play.

            A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
            If you need one to be a symbol you'll be lost.

            But wait... You really...
            Never heard of a symbolic horse?

            Well listen to this.

            I AM MISTER ID ...

            Last edited by Max Otto Schrenck; 12-09-2013, 12:49 PM.

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              Re: Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality

              Atreyu from the Neverending Story rode a horse a lot. But the sexual confusion was mostly due to the actor looking like a girl.

              Like Quagmire with Hanson, I'm positive at least a few guys were gay-stunned when they finally realized the heroine they were fantasizing about was actually a guy.
              I'm never wrong. Reality is just stubborn.

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                Re: Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality

                "Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality"

                Not in westerns, they ain't, no way, Kemosabe.
                We're making a movie here, not a film! - Kit Ramsey

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                  Re: Horses in cinema are a symbol of sexual irrationality

                  Ask Frau Blucher:

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdIID_TGwhM

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