In the 1967 Soviet film Анна Каренина directed by Aleksandr Zarkhi, there is a race sequence during which Count Vronsky's horse, Frou-Frou, is seriously injured.

What happened to the horse which performed this stunt? It seems impossible the real horse survived.

Here is the least violent picture of the sequence (I cannot even watch the other pictures: remember the horse is going full speed): enter image description here

Has someone any piece of information about this?

  • possible duplicate of How do they make horses fall down in war movies?
    – Mistu4u
    Jan 28, 2013 at 15:18
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    @mistu4u not sure i could call this a duplicate. this question is asking for a specific answer to this movie, whereas the other one provides a general answer to how the industry does this.
    – DForck42
    Jan 28, 2013 at 22:14

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I've been looking for a reference to this particular film but have been unable to find one.

However after watching the scene it looks plausible that a trip wire was used to bring down the horse. Trip wires were used quite a bit back in the 1940s and before. As this film was released in 1967 I was unsure if this technique was still used but after a little digging it looks like it was used as late as 1981 in the movie "reds" ref:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082979/

As "reds" was filmed in the USA which had the American Humane Association monitoring how animals were used in film and Анна Каренина was made in 1967 in the Soviet Union it looks like the makers could have easily used a trip wire.

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