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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Our beautiful Brumbies....


Brumbies

The Australian wild horse is called a Brumby.  Read more here.

The great Australian film, "The Man from Snowy River", was made in 1982, based on the famous poem of the same name by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson, first published in 1890.  Kirk Douglas was lured to Australia to play the part of twins, "Harrison", the owner of a large cattle station and "Spur", a prospector.

Following are the opening lines of the poem and then a clip from the movie, famously called "The Descent" and you'll see why.  The movie was filmed at Merrijig in the High Country, less than an hour (as the crow flies), from where we live and will give you an insight into the spectacular countryside around here.  The main character, played by Tom Burlinson, is seen throughout and at the end of the clip cracking the whip.  Tom is also a singer and sounds very much like Frank Sinatra.  I hope the clip works for you; it's a bit furry but worth watching to the end and in full screen.

There was movement at the station
for the word had passed around
That the colt from Old Regret had got away,
And had joined the wild bush horses...he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.

21 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

This is one of my and DH's favorite movies. It has so much - the scenery, the horses, the cast and characters, the storyline and so much more. The scene coming off the mountain is always a heart-stopper. I understand the reins broke accidentally and they just left it in the movie. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photo and clip. Have a great weekend.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

steven said...

alaine i've heard of this film but have never seen it. i won't be needing my morning coffee after watching this scene though i'll tell you!!! wow! steven

alaine@éclectique said...

Mason...I didn't know that about the reins breaking. It truly is a heart-stopper, that leap over the edge.

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven...we'll both have to get the movie, I'd love to see it again...can't get over it being made nearly thirty years ago!

dancingbeastie said...

Can't believe I've never seen this movie! That was some of the most heart-stopping riding I've ever seen. It really lives up to the poem, which has been a favourite of mine since my dad used to read Banjo Paterson to me when I was a child in Melbourne. And some of my favourite books when I was a pony-mad little girl were the 'Silver Brumby' series by somebody Mitchell. I lived them in my heart. This really takes me back - thank you very much!

alaine@éclectique said...

dancingbeastie....Oh, you've got to get it! I didn't know you were from Melbourne! The Silver Brumby books are new to me too (where have I been!?)...I just looked them up you're right, the author is Elyne Mitchell. Glad you loved the clip!

dancingbeastie said...

Well, I have discovered that you can download 'The Man from Snowy River' from iTunes. Hurray!

I can't really claim to be an Aussie at all, as I just happened to be born there while my (Pommie) parents were living in Melbourne for a few years. We left when I was very small, but my mum and dad had thought we might be there for years and years, and they made sure I grew up with plenty of Aussie influences like Banjo P, 'The Magic Pudding', the old tales of Ned Kelly and, yes, Skippy and Rolf Harris! :)

Wanda..... said...

I have this movie on an old VHS tape, Alaine...loved it back then and love it now.

Betsy said...

A brumby? Well, see...I learned soemthing new today! They are so beautiful!

alaine@éclectique said...

dancingbeastie...iTunes, that's good to know, I have it in my computer. No getting away from it, db, you are an Aussie!

alaine@éclectique said...

Wanda...hi, it's something I must buy so that the Grandkids can see it.

alaine@éclectique said...

Betsy...isn't blogland great; I learn something new most days too!

Nancy said...

We have much the same here in Nevada. Tons of wild horses, which my father "ran" as a young cowboy. Thanks for the memories.

alaine@éclectique said...

Nancy...I love to see them running, even prancing around together in a paddock...it would be a great experience to run with them.

maggie's garden said...

The brumbies are magnificent creatures. I've not heard of this movie but will certainly add it to my movie queue. Thanks Alaine.

abby jenkins said...

WOWOWOWOWOWOOWOWZA! what a rider! I can't wait to see the whole movie. You are one lucky girl to be living in such a glorious part of our world, thanks for sharing...we don't get much of that here in New England, except when I crack my whip to round up my husband from the garden for dinner!

Great way to start my day, I feel like I can do anything, thanks!

alaine@éclectique said...

abby...thanks for visiting! Hey, I wish I could get my husband into the garden; I'd have less to do! Great clip, isn't it..you'd enjoy the movie.

Renée Finberg said...

firstly,
i want to thank you for your loving encouragement.
and loving horses as i do,
i must see this film.

xxx thank you

ruma said...

Many aid, encouragement, kindness...
From all over the world...

Thanks to all of them.
Tears of the heart will accept them.

From Japan, ruma

FireLight said...

Alaine, you know I loved this post. I think this movie is one of those where I got to see a bit here..a bit there...never the entire film....and certainly I had not seen this bit. I am going straight to Netflix and signing up! Brumbies, here I come!

PS I plan to send you an email about a letter from Melbourne found among the keepsakes of my husband's grandmother, whose son was stationed there during WWII. We are trying to find someone!

alaine@éclectique said...

Firelight...glad you loved the clip and do hope you like the movie!

Regarding the letter; I'm going away for a fortnight, will be taking the laptop but don't know if we'll get a connection. So, on my return, I'll look for your email and see what I can do to help!