Movie marred by schmaltz

From: John Halkon, Hermitage Court, Richmond.

YOUR correspondent Janet Berry (Yorkshire Post, February 14) is right in describing the film War Horse as inspiring as it portrays the overwhelming dangers and difficulties experienced by horses in the First World War.

It is a tribute to the millions which were used, as the war could not have been conducted without them, and never came back.

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While the film has been popular, I have seen it twice, I was disappointed that a film directed by Steven Spielberg should present in a chocolate box style the opening and closing sequences of the farm, the farm cottage and the village.

I am sure more authentic locations could have been found or even constructed which would have kept a true feeling for the time. Period locations for television seem to do it, and the film would have been better for it.

Name restored

From: Nino Hoblyn, North Street, Caistor, Lincolnshire.

HIS name nearly 30 years ago was covered in mire, his reputation as a headteacher was in tatters and his very being was threatened with a death sentence.

Yet, here we are in 2012 and with the passing of Ray Honeyford things, it seems, have come full circle and what was said in 1984 have been said again from much higher serving members to the public (Yorkshire Post, February 11). But – no calls for those to resign or death threats. It is a funny old world.

Evil policy

From: Beryl Williams, School Hill, Wakefield.

I READ on the internet – with photographs – that the Chinese are rounding up hundreds of innocent civilian Tibetans, mostly young women, taking them to a remote mountain area, and shooting them in the back at close range.

I also note that there is no oil in Tibet. There can be further doubt as to the intrinsic evil of US foreign policy.