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Release Date: January 01, 1970

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Tom Novembre, Dolores Chaplin, Mireille Perrier, Marie-France Pisier, & Jean-Pierre Cassel

Genre: Satire

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: Not rated by MPAA

Runtime: 94 minutes

Distributor: Interama

Director: Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Executive Producer:

Producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint & Pascal Judelewicz

Writer: Jean-Philippe Toussaint

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Content:

(Pa, Co, L, V, S, NN, A, D, M) Pagan worldview with scene where filmmaking crew has fun joyously singing pro-Communist songs that middle-aged director used to sing when he took part in the Marxist student riots in 1968 in Paris; 4 strong obscenities, 1 strong profanity, 1 mild profanity, & 1 mild obscenity; mild slapstick violence plus hockey players play on ice rink; nude woman shown embracing man in bathrobe in preparation for fornication; upper female nudity & obscured side view of woman’s nude body; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying & pomposity.

Summary:

In THE ICE RINK, a poorly done French satire, English-speaking actor Bruce Campbell (ARMY OF DARKNESS) plays a conceited American star hired to make a love story in France. Most of the jokes in THE ICE RINK fall flat, the acting is mediocre, the characterizations are superficial, the pace is too slow, and there is a scene where the American star starts to bed his nude co-star in a back room.

Review:

THE ICE RINK is a poorly done French satire of the filmmaking business. English-speaking actor Bruce Campbell (ARMY OF DARKNESS), who’s become somewhat of a cult figure, plays a conceited American star hired to make a love story in France between a hockey goalie and a professional figure skater. On the first day of shooting at an ice rink, the director and his crew spend the whole morning setting up the equipment. During lunch, the crew forgets to turn off the lights, and the ice rink melts! The rest of the movie is a slowly plotted tale of the director trying to finish the movie in time to get accepted by the Venice Film Festival.

THE ICE RINK is mainly designed to explode the pomposity of making an archetypal French movie about doomed love. In one scene, the pompous director and his silly crew joyously sing old pro-Communist songs from the director’s days as a student radical in the Paris riots of 1968, but it is clear that the radical songs don’t really mean that much to him anymore. It was hard to tell if the point of this scene was a Marxist attack on liberals who have forgotten the Marxist roots of their ideology, if the filmmakers were making fun of the silly lyrics in the radical songs, or if the filmmakers were just being ironic.

Most of the jokes in THE ICE RINK fall flat, the acting is mediocre, the characterizations are superficial, and the pace is too slow. There is little objectionable material, however, except for seven obscenities and profanities and a scene where the American star starts to bed his nude co-star in a back room.

In Brief:

In THE ICE RINK, a poorly done French satire, English-speaking actor Bruce Campbell (ARMY OF DARKNESS) plays a conceited American star hired to make a love story in France between a hockey goalie and a professional figure skater. During lunch on the first day of shooting at an ice rink, the crew forgets to turn off the lights and the ice rink melts! The rest of the movie is a slowly plotted tale of trying to finish the movie in time to get accepted by the Venice Film Festival.

THE ICE RINK tries to explode the pomposity of making an archetypal French movie about doomed love. In one scene, the pompous director and his crew sing pro-Communist songs from the director’s days as a student radical in the 1968 Paris riots, but it is clear that the songs don’t mean much to him anymore. Most of the jokes in THE ICE RINK fall flat, the acting is mediocre, the characterizations are superficial, and the pace is too slow. There is little objectionable material, however, except for seven obscenities and profanities and a scene where the American star starts to bed his nude co-star