Countless War Horse reviews have described the drenched-in-orange sunset finale (i.e., when Joey returns to the Dorset farm) as a near-copy of the famous red-sunset scene in Gone With The Wind when Rhett tells Scarlett he’s leaving to join the Confederate army. But the more likely inspiration comes from a romantic scene in Stanley Kubrick‘s (and dp Russell Metty‘s) Spartacus.

A much closer kin to Gone With The Wind‘s red-sunset scene can be found in the opening moments of Martin Scorsese‘s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.