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      The Ice King

      2018 1h 29m Documentary List
      100% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 60% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Filmmaker James Erskine profiles the life of James Curry, the first openly gay Olympic athlete. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Leah Pickett Chicago Reader Erksine forgoes talking heads for interspersed audio of Curry's peers and admirers, keeping the film's visual and emotional focus on the man himself and the transporting power of his art. Mar 7, 2019 Full Review Rachel Cooke New Statesman With its attention to family and changing attitudes both to gender and sexuality... this was social history of the best, by which I mean the slyest, kind. Jul 11, 2018 Full Review Donald Clarke Irish Times James Erskine's excellent documentary suggests that, at the height of his career, Curry's gayness was somewhere between a rumour and an open secret. Rated: 4/5 Mar 2, 2018 Full Review Peter Sobczynski eFilmCritic.com Even if you have little interest in the world of figure skating, this is still an interesting look at a true pioneer whose innovations and influences can still be felt and recognized to this day. Mar 7, 2019 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall An unusually moving documentary about a remarkable man. Rated: 4/5 Apr 30, 2018 Full Review Paul Whitington Irish Independent John Erskine's absorbing documentary The Ice King explores Curry's short but hectic life using archive footage and interviews. His grace on the ice still makes one gasp. Rated: 4/5 Mar 5, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      brent m British figure skater John Curry revolutionized a sport -- and later an art form -- that had long been driven by sheer athleticism rather than inspired artistry. The 1976 Olympic gold medal winner made it acceptable for men to be fluid and expressive in their movements and on-ice choreography, defying longstanding traditions to the contrary. And, once he finished competing, Curry drew on his reputation in establishing an artistic skating troupe fashioned after traditional ballet companies, bringing a flair to ice performances not previously seen at the time. But, for all his artistic and athletic achievements, Curry was also a troubled soul and obsessive perfectionist, frequently depressed and often lonely. As the first openly gay Olympian (a revelation that initially came about from a press report outing rather than from an act of personal disclosure), he experienced a difficult upbringing under a stern father who quashed his ambition to study ballet but who willingly approved skating because it was a "sport," an issue that followed him throughout his life. Director James Erskine's superb 2018 documentary comprehensively covers all aspects of Curry's complicated life and death from AIDS in 1994, incorporating a wealth of rare archive footage and featuring commentary from friends, colleagues, and fellow figure skaters Robin Cousins, Johnny Weir and Dorothy Hamill, as well as past interviews with Curry himself. The film is a fitting tribute to a remarkable talent who left a tremendous legacy as a competitor, as an artist, and, above all, as an individual. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Filmmaker James Erskine profiles the life of James Curry, the first openly gay Olympic athlete.
      Director
      James Erskine
      Producer
      Victoria Gregory, James Erskine
      Screenwriter
      James Erskine
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 21, 2019
      Runtime
      1h 29m
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