The Influence Of Film Scores On Figure Skating

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  1. Maofan7

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    As its the film awards season, I thought I would look at the influence of film scores on figure skating. Awhile back, the American Film Institute (AFI) produced a list of what it considered to be the 25 best film scores. Many of those on the list have inspired a number of figure skating programs, and here are some of them (numbered according to the AFI's list):-

    1. Star Wars

    Marina Anisina & Gwendal Peizerat - Exhibition

    2. Gone With The Wind

    Anna Rechnio - 1997/98 Short Program (1998 World Championships)

    Tamar Katz - 2008/09 & 2009/10 Short Program (2009 World Championships)

    3. Lawrence of Arabia

    Alexei Yagudin - 1998/99 Free Program (1999 World Championships)

    Marina Klimova & Sergei Ponomarenko - 1990/91 Free Dance (1991 World Championships)

    5. The Godfather

    Evgeni Plushenko - 2004/05 & 2005/06 Free Program (2006 Olympics)

    8. The Magnificent Seven

    Eric Millot - 1995/96 Free Program (1996 World Championships)

    15. Out of Africa

    Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy - 2009/10 Free Program (Skate Canada 2009)

    20. The Pink Panther

    Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy - 2010/11 Free Program (TEB 2010)

    23. The Mission

    Paul Wylie - 1989/90 Free Program (1990 U.S. Nationals)

    Dorota Zagórska & Mariusz Siudek - 2004/05 & 2005/06 Free Program (Skate Canada 2004)

    24. On Golden Pond

    Denise Biellmann - 1993 World Professional Championships

    Rudy Galindo - 1997 Jefferson Pilot Legends Figure Skating Challenge

    So, what are your favourite film score inspired figure skating programs (regardless of whether the film score is on the AFI's list or not)? Please, if you can, provide YouTube links to them
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    Hey - congratulations on your 1,000th post!!
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    Congrats on your 1,000th post Maofan7! :cheer:
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    Congrats on your 100th post! :)

    Tomas Verner also skated to The Godfather, and of course Philippe Candeloro. Faiella and Scali skated to the Immigrant theme, which is also from the Godfather trilogy.

    Obviously there have been a lot of programs that used film scores not on the list. Some of my favorites include Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze's Chaplin program (I think the music was from Limelight) and Lady Caliph, Rahkamo and Kokko's 1995 Quickstep (Borsalino), Yuna Kim's Bond medley in 2009-10, Lu Chen's Last Emperor in 1995, Johnny Weir's Doctor Zhivago (I also liked P/B's SD to this), Takahashi's La Strada, Joubert's Matrix (I know, he recycled it a bit too much - but it was a good program for him), Savchenko and Szolkowy's amazing Pina LP, and I'm sure a bunch of others that I'm forgetting. Sometimes I like the film score a lot more than the program (e.g. DomShabs and The Double Life of Veronique). But I don't have time to look up the Youtube links, I'll try to do so later.
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    There are so many!

    Yagudin - Gladiator, Man in the Iron mask

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxcDYqSRljI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6zeIUH3rHg

    Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze: Lady Caliph (2002 Oly SP)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAJUcgMZMO4

    Paul Wylie- Apollo 13, Schindler's list, JFK, The Untouchables
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh5UEFTa4aA&list=PL5wIdUyTsCG5K3f-JQ7_ELXeIdB0XtyKc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAgZkY6vAyY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC1ucqEJTiY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKk-jQey0Ws

    Miki Ando- The Pianist
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QnfPlHXdqo

    Ilia Kulik- Aladdin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUk3Ms9Aa2k

    Plushenko- Once upon a time in America
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywkMDHkeOZs

    Tonya Harding- Jurassic Park (1993 Skate America LP)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRyRpM2vTEk

    Linda Fratianne- Chariots of fire (1980? Pro)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yN5EjpGqUY

    Anissina-Peizerat: Man in the iron mask (1999 worlds FD)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWSleO2S3Os

    Kurt Browning- Casablanca
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPYI8l8Fgk8

    Babilonia-Gardner: On Golden Pond (Pro- sometime in the 80's; can't find yt)
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    Schindler's List (again, but John Williams is just a genius :D)

    Irina Slutskaya 2000/2001 LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAd9Lm75Qrs

    Elene Gedevanishvili 2012/2013 SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16PMdGFu5PA

    Savchenko/Szolkowy 2008/2009 LP (maybe one of their best skates ever)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZJyY9s7P3g

    Ilinykh/Katsalapov 2009/2010 FD (drama ending and how i love them for this season as juniors)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vjobRSN3Sk

    Zaretski/Zaretski 2009/2010 FD (first program I ever liked of them)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zopww8J03Ko
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    and the most overused, but still great music of Requiem for a dream but I´m too lazy to search skates to that, but we know, there are emotionally hundreds ;)
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    Congrats for your 1,00th post, Maofan! :encore:

    Lots of great programs listed above. I'll add a few more favorites (I heart movie soundtracks). I've bought a number of them if I like the skater's program, even if I haven't seen the movie.

    Elvis Stojko - Dragon, 1492

    Todd Eldredge - Gettysburg, First Knight, 1492, Independence Day, Lord of the Rings

    Hartshorn & Sweiding - 1492

    Katarina Witt - Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

    The Kween's East of Eden
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    I'm surprised the music from the Lord of the Rings trilogy isn't used more often. Also, skaters tend to pick only a handful of Ennio Moriccone's scores, which is a shame.

    I don't think I would describe Munich as "adorable", but the score does have some beautiful sections. Florent Amodio also skated to it, his 2009-10 SP (I hope the quality is okay, I have my computer on mute at the moment).

    I'm not a huge fan of most Schindler's List programs, especially I/K's on account of the tacky ending.
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    Cousins' Railway Children SP, Hughes' Serenade fur Klara SP, Kwan's The Feeling Begins SP and The Red Violin programs (exhibition and free skate), Lipinski's Anastasia SP

    already mentioned: Savchenko/Szolkowy's Out of Africa FS, Savoie's The Mission FS, Slutskaya's Schindler's List exhibition, Takahashi's La Strada FS
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    Yuna Kim - James Bond SP. Richard Dornbush - Sherlock Holmes FS. Armin Mahbanoozadeh - Avatar FS. Ross Miner, Maxim Kovtun - Casablanca FS.
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    Strictly Ballroom - Scott and Fran's paso doble has been used by many.

    Mask of Zorro was very popular for a while.
    Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith Soundtrack - the Assassin's Tango - first time by Virtue and Moir
    The Mask
    Kill Bill
    Dragonheart
    1492 Conquest of Paradise - Elvis, Sav & Szol, Joubert.........
    Rocky
    :)
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    Katarina Witt once skated a pro routine to Schindler's list. I liked Irina's too. My most favorite still remains Paul Wylie's.
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    Too many to keep track of -- someone should write a book/ indexing them all from way back to the present.

    This season, my current favorites:

    Ross Miner -- Captain Blood (fp)

    Denis Ten -- The Artist (sp and fp)

    Jeremy Abbott's fp is to a specially orchestrated version of Les Mis' Bring Him Home (Broadway play prior to being made into a film of course), plus there's no doubt that Jeremy's sp is inspired by James Bond spy genre (his music: Nathan Lanier's Spy).

    ETA:

    Also, I think Richard Dornbush's 2011 U.S. Nationals skate to Sherlock Holmes, should be iconic if it isn't already. :) Among those already mentioned too, I love Paul Wylie's many movie-themed programs, especially Schindler's List and On the Waterfront*; Matt Savoie's The Mission; Savchenko/ Szolkowy's The Mission & Schindler's List; Annisina/Peizarat's Romeo and Juliet; and Yagudin's Man in the Iron Mask.

    *Mark Mitchell skated to On the Waterfront before Paul Wylie did

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3QetYpuzKU MM 1991 fp

    I can't find Paul's version which is from a professional competition (he wears a red/black checkered jacket to match film/ longshoreman character theme)


    IMO, Totmianina/ Marinin's best early skates were to The Cotton Club, and West Side Story.
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    Chalk me up as another surprised that the Lord of the Rings soundtrack isn't used more often. Maybe everyone thought "Oh it's great but I bet everyone else will use that"?
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    Some more programs that I love:

    Dubreuil & Lauzon - Life is Beautiful (they did it a number of years ago before Jeremy Abbott did - love his performance to it too)

    Dubreuil & Lauzon, Brian Orser - Somewhere in Time

    Dan Hollander - Legends of the Fall, (also Liz Manley (?) and Vanessa Gusmeroli)

    Tara Lipinski - Little Women (SP), Much Ado About Nothing/Sense & Sensibility

    Mulan - Shen & Zhao, Michael Weiss

    Jenny Kirk - an instrumental program from The Princess Diaries

    Someone skated to the beautiful Forest Gump Suite - can't remember who, but the music is lovely
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    The piano lesson : french skaters Laetitia Hubert, Delobel&Schoenfelder, Nadege Bobillier...
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    One of the better choreographed programs from that time, Lisa Nesuda's short to Golden Pond from 2000. I'm really not a fan of soft, lyrical style programs, but this has so many transitions (into jumping passes, no less!) and works so well with her style.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml2FtHFAdFM
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    Even though S/S slipped huge in Vancouver at their FS, that is still my favorite performance of Out Of Africa. What they showed that night was "out of this world."
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    Did anyone mention Ashley Wagner's The Black Swan fp and Pollock sp from last season?! Of course, The Red Violin sp for this season, is also from movie of the same name, though I'm not sure which version Ashley is using. I'm certain that Samson & Delilah was also a movie (checked: yes it was in 1949; also a 2009 Australian film version), but again I'm not certain which score Ashley is using for her current fp. :)
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    French commentator Philippe Pelissier thought it looked old fashion, but I love this one :
    Katrina Hacker 2008 NHK SP On golden pond

    French skater Anne-Sophie Calvez also had a On Golden Pond program (2003 ???) !
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    I would recommend skaters stay away from the AFI top 50 actually. I mean I have always felt the whole point of Film OST is that they offer something more contemporary, new, never heard before to describe something entirely different from the classic masterworks of last centuries. It would be nice if we can discover new music through skating, instead of seeing skating fulfilling our vision of what popular well known pieces of music we expect already. I remember I bought the Red Violin OST entirely on the strength of Michelle Kwan's performance, the intrigue, the mystery, the emotion. Not seen the movie until a year later. It would be nice if skating programs and performances can do that.

    I have compiled a list of films scores ALL asian skaters should stay away, probably will add more later. They have became big cliches and entirely uncreative.

    1. Memoir of A Geisha (Just no more please!!! ARGHH....)
    2. Dragons Bruce Lee Story (>..need to wipe Elvis chopping hand from memory)
    3. Mulan (over used.. but at least it is better than MoAG)
    4. The last Emperor (I like the movie, but sorry this belong to Chen Lu only!)


    Other Asian themed film OST I'd recommend for skating

    1. Heaven and Earth ('93 Kitaro)
    2. House of Flying dagger (Shigeru Umebayashi.)
    3. In the mood for love (Shigeru Umebayashi actually anything by him is worth investigating and under rated e.g Daisy, 2046, Fearless, Curse of the Golden flower etc.)
    4. Last of the Samurai (Hans Zimmer... Maybe Oda can use it to boost him, I read he is a descendent of Samurai Nobu)
    5. Kungfu Panda (Love Julia L's 2010 super cute version .... think there could be more of it. Where's Misha Ge? Or Florent!)

    I decide to leave out anything by Joe Hisashi, think people should not mess his stuff after Kozuka's last version kind of ruined my sentimental fav: Nausicaä - Valley of the Wind. (Unless your name Daisuke or Hanyu, everyone else stay away!! :mad:)
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  29. Moka-Ananas

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    She's not using a score for her "Samson & Delilah" FP but music from the actual opera by Camille Saint-Saens.
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    Paul Wiley - Henry the V!
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    Ashley Wagner Black Swan 2012
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    You really know your stuff! I'd personally be so into the program tuned for Kungfu Panda especially by Micha Ge:swoon:

    How did that come up so late?! This program was one of the definitive programs last season!
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    Nice thread, so many nice memories and forgotten programs worthy of watching again. The few movie themed programs that come to my mind are amongst others:

    sp of Lucinda Ruh on 'Lawrence of Arabia' music:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Ikxi6Zx4A

    Abitbol and Bernadis also skated to 'Chariots of Fire', they used it in 1998:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DhjjfjJ8SY

    Laurent Tobel used 'Pink Panther' in 1997:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6CcGLX5XMg

    Jill Trenary skated to the lovely 'On Golden Pond' music too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7bGQ0_UuSU

    Victoria Volchkova skated to 'Gone with the wind':
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UO6FKK0yQk

    What about all the programs with a Mary Poppins theme (didn't Witt, G&G and Wylie do a number on that music)? Or Oda with Super Mario brothers soundtrack. 'Broken Arrow' music accompanied some nice programs too with very different themes, Schwarz and Müller used it, perhaps in 1999 and didn't Yagudin have that too before changing it? If I remember well, Schwarz and Müller used that music to ask people to think about domestic violence, some claimed they were attention seekers but they said they really cared about that subject and wanted to do something about it.

    West Side Story has been used a few times too, Witt, G&G and the Duchesnays come to mind although I'm sure more people have used it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLiJlOMdylg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qWW-Ok4V0E

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h_GzLX7ofo
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    Perhaps you're thinking about the Tanja Szewchenko sp in 1996 I believe:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF-lfX9qNGY
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    Akiko!

    This is strange. I definitely knew I'd seen a Forest Gump program skated by a lady in a pale green dress, but there is no way I could have seen this back in 1996 - I didn't even follow skating back then. I wonder where I could have come across it...
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    Not a pale green dress, but it's pale - Katy Taylor skater to Forest Gump Suite in 2006. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXePE6tOeBA
    Maybe that's what you remember?
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    No, it has to have been Szewchenko - the performance I remembered was definitely from the 1990s and I remembered the dress, I just figured it was a couple of years later. Maybe I did see it in real time, without being aware of who I was watching.
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    Ah, I had forgotten that one. Thanks for sharing.


    Thinking about more movie themed programs:

    Lyons/Wells on music from 'A fish called Wanda':
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyiToKJgjs4

    Lipinski's 'I could have danced all night' from 'My fair lady':
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJQwUr_V914

    From all her movie soundtrack competitive programs I liked her 1997 lp the best:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBbDHZOZf2Q

    'The Truman Show' has an enjoyable soundtrack too, I think this is one of my favourite programs of Lambiel:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCedRHKi5nE

    Obertas/Slavnov skated to it as well:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CllOoHilU8o

    Leonova/Khvalko had a nice program on music from Pocahontas:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnKmMjuQYnQ

    Ekaterina Gordeeva as always lovely, here skating to 'The umbrellas of Cherbourg':
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-mLfXXRKdY

    I love this program from Alissa Czisny:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM0c16_lYtQ

    Josée Chouinard's 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' program was memorable too:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5UN7nUudlk
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    Thank you everyone for the info about the ladies who skated to the Forest Gump Suite!

    Scott Davis did a memorable program to West Side Story in the mid 1990's.

    The Kween's Pocahontas program (including the song "Just Around the River Bend," etc.), and Amanda & Mark's Pocahontas exhibition program from 2011 US Nationals in Greensboro, NC :)