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The Fabulous Ice Age (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Family | 14 April 2013 (USA)
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From Berlin's Charlotte, to the great American touring ice shows, go from ponds to sold-out arenas dominating live entertainment for decades, while also depicting one skaters' life and quest to share this history.

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Keri Pickett
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Stephanie Andros Stephanie Andros ... Herself
Denise Benoit-Eby Denise Benoit-Eby ... Herself
Roy Blakey Roy Blakey ... Himself
Douglas Breniser Douglas Breniser ... Himself
Dick Button ... Himself
Tom Collins Tom Collins ... Himself
Robin Cousins Robin Cousins ... Himself
Katja Deetlefs Katja Deetlefs ... Herself
Richard Dwyer Richard Dwyer ... Himself
John Flanagan John Flanagan ... Himself
Mitsuko Funakoshi Mitsuko Funakoshi ... Herself
Scott Hamilton ... Himself
Jack Johncock Jack Johncock ... Himself
Reiko Kato Reiko Kato ... Herself
Nancy Kerrigan ... Herself
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The era of the great American touring ice shows revealing how, with their dazzling production numbers and variety acts, they dominated family entertainment for decades. It also depicts one skater's quest to keep this history from being forgotten. The ice shows' creation and success changed the lives of skaters and audiences alike - eventually exporting American culture around the world. Rare archival footage, candid interviews with producers, skating legends and devoted chorus gypsies bring this never-before-told history of a uniquely American art form to life. The journey begins in 1915 when a young German skater, Berlin's Charlotte, brings her "ballet on ice" to New York's Hippodrome Theater, igniting America's love of theatrical skating. In 1936, Minnesotan brothers Roy and Eddie Shipstad and partner Oscar Johnson booked their skating troupe (which had been performing at local ice carnivals and hockey games) into a hotel tank show, thus laying the groundwork for America's first ... Written by Keri Pickett

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When the stage was frozen and ice was hot.


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The Fabulous Ice Age

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English

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14 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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A Forty-Year-long Party
17 September 2014 | by jimnshaySee all my reviews

When I was a kid -- and I'm old -- big ice-skating shows used to barnstorm through my metro area every year: Ice Capades, Holiday on Ice, Ice Follies. I never went, and I never knew what they were like. But this movie shows you: huge, crazy spectacles of massed skaters in brilliant costumes, special effects, inspired ice-dancing. It was like a two-hour production number from one of those crazy MGM musicals from the '40s -- only done live. On ice.

Kids who were good skaters, and wanted to badly enough, barnstormed the world with these companies, performing in South America, Europe, Mexico, even Russia. What was it like to be one of these kids? That's what the movie tells you, through interviews with people who were there and who describe their time as a twenty- or thirty-year party with their best friends.

I can't recommend this movie highly enough. It describes a form of pop culture that was once as huge as rock concerts and is now almost forgotten. And it makes you sorry the big shows are gone, while it describes why they had to go. All in all, a great trip.


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