Dances With Horses
Majestic White Horses
Review by Ross Anthony

Majestic White Horses A man who loves horses made this film. If you love horses too, perhaps you're just the audience. Opening with some history of horses, their evolution, ancestors, and history of human's riding them; the picture eventually finds its focus at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna.

A foal is born - amazing footage. After witnessing this incredible birth, your sympathies will be stolen by the beautiful black foal struggling to keep his body above four stick legs. Later, as teens, the young horses are separated from their mothers in what seems a rather cruel rite of passage. Eventually, one rider and one horse are paired together from the first saddling until both can master dramatic, artistic dance-like movements. Called the imperial white horse, these prime Lipizzans strut their stuff with all the pomp of their baroque-adorned indoor riding arena.

No mention of racing horses is made, and though fancy-free and magical, shots of horses frolicking in the wild (or at least unfenced pastures) are few. Attention remains squarely on the perfectly uniformed tight-lipped horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School. Of note, during WWII, the safety of the horses compromised -- the US army assisted in their rescue.

A respectable tribute lovers of this breed will no doubt treasure and an interesting documentary to the lay person; however, Large Format film-goers will find big screen moments sharply lacking and locations less than vast.

  • Majestic White Horses. Copyright © 2001.
  • Narration: Stacy Keach.
  • Directed by Kurt J. Mrkwicka, Mr-Film.
  • Produced by Andreas Kamm at Mr-Film.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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