John Curry transformed ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Coming out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976, he became the first openly gay Olympian in a time when homosexuality was not even fully legal. Toxic yet charming; rebellious yet elitist; emotionally aloof yet spectacularly needy; ferociously ambitious yet bent on self-destruction, this is a man forever on the run: from his father's ghost, his country, and even his own self. Above all, Curry was an artist and an athlete whose body time and time again - sometimes against his will - became a political battlefield.
A disappointing film. Often it was hard to hear what was being said over the music.There is much better footage of the competition skating available elsewhere,but there was interesting material from his company, a pity that it wasn't better quality.
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The next best thing to having watched live performances
- The Ice King review by CW
This is an excellent documentary of John Curry’s life and performances. You learn about his childhood, friends, supporters, choreographers, his skating company and the skaters he worked with. You learn about how he created and developed his style. You hear reading of some of the letters he sent to his friends and to his mother. You watch part of his Afternoon of a Faun which is absolutely sublime. I held my breath. Ballet on ice. Though he could execute perfect jumps, series of them in his flawless routines, his was a style of skating I greatly miss where the emphasis was on style and beauty rather than just the number of jumps. The special features where you learn about the orchestra used to create the score was also most interesting. This is so good I am keeping it for a few more days to watch again. I highly recommend to all who love John Curry’s skating, and lovers of dance. He was the first openly gay skater. I think he will remain the greatest skater of all time.