Friday, 29 June 2012

Riding Zorro and a Link to a Poem

I'm guessing rodeo has its roots in the need to tame horses so they could be ridden and used in farmwork but as a sport it always seems arrogant and cruel.

Ethical considerations about rodeo and animal welfare aside, Riding Zorro is a beautifully made film. A biopic of rodeo's most famous horse, Zorro, the film is a collage of old, scratchy film, interviews with horse-riders who tried to ride Zorro, and old still photographs woven together imaginatively and creatively. All to a wonderful sound track of guitar music.

Zorro was a spirited, untameable horse and this is a wonderful tribute to him. The only criticism is of the subtitling, which is particularly poor.

Zorro in his lifetime inspired poetry and song, so I had thought of writing this review as a poem. Instead you'll just have to make do with a link to my poem Beach Hut, which was published today on Every Day Poets.

Unfortunately there are no further public screenings of Riding Zorro at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Disclaimer: I have a press pass for the Edinburgh International Film Festival and attended a free press screening of Riding Zorro.

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