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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Ice King

2018, John Erskine, UK, 89 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 9th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 11th 6:00pm

"Focused, elegantly made...Easily one of the best documentary offerings of the year so far."-- Adam Lowes, CineVue

John Curry revolutionized male figure-skating, but his ambitions reached far beyond that, and his personal story has a complexity deeper and darker than athletic triumphs. Throughout his life, he was haunted by memories of his homophobic father, who forbade him from pursuing a childhood love of ballet but allowed ice-skating because it was a sport. Curry proceeded to combine athleticism and balletic grace in a way that changed the sport forever. Badgered by the press after his 1976 Olympic gold medal performance, he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality at a time when it was still not fully legalized in
Britain, just as he would later openly discuss his HIV status at a time when the disease was widely stigmatized. Curry left athletic competition to pursue his dream of raising ice-dancing to a new level of artistry and personal expression, with acclaimed, unprecedented performances at Royal Albert Hall and the Metropolitan Opera. THE ICE KING devotes considerable time to this neglected but crucial area of Curry's career, illustrated with rare, newly discovered footage of enthralling performances, while his personal letters, beautifully read by actor Freddie Fox, reveal the tender, courageous, and tormented man behind the mesmerizing performer. In English. ProRes digital. Courtesy of Film Movement. (MR)

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