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The Influence Of Film Scores On Figure Skating

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Maofan7, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    After 20 months of posting on this forum, its my 1000th post!!!!

    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
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2012
  2. AxelAnnie

    AxelAnnie Well-Known Member

    Hey - congratulations on your 1,000th post!!
  3. lulu

    lulu New Member

    Congrats on your 1,000th post Maofan7! :cheer:
  4. Moka-Ananas

    Moka-Ananas Man's Ruin

  5. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    There are so many!

    Yagudin - Gladiator, Man in the Iron mask


    Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze: Lady Caliph (2002 Oly SP)

    Paul Wylie- Apollo 13, Schindler's list, JFK, The Untouchables

    Miki Ando- The Pianist

    Ilia Kulik- Aladdin

    Plushenko- Once upon a time in America

    Tonya Harding- Jurassic Park (1993 Skate America LP)

    Linda Fratianne- Chariots of fire (1980? Pro)

    Anissina-Peizerat: Man in the iron mask (1999 worlds FD)

    Kurt Browning- Casablanca

    Babilonia-Gardner: On Golden Pond (Pro- sometime in the 80's; can't find yt)
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  7. Jeschke

    Jeschke #teamtrainwreck #teamschott

  8. Jeschke

    Jeschke #teamtrainwreck #teamschott

    Schindler's List (again, but John Williams is just a genius :D)

    Irina Slutskaya 2000/2001 LP

    Elene Gedevanishvili 2012/2013 SP

    Savchenko/Szolkowy 2008/2009 LP (maybe one of their best skates ever)

    Ilinykh/Katsalapov 2009/2010 FD (drama ending and how i love them for this season as juniors)

    Zaretski/Zaretski 2009/2010 FD (first program I ever liked of them)
  9. Jeschke

    Jeschke #teamtrainwreck #teamschott

  10. Jeschke

    Jeschke #teamtrainwreck #teamschott

    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 ;)
  11. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    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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  12. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    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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  13. falling_dance

    falling_dance Coaching Patrick

    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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  14. VarBar

    VarBar Well-Known Member

    Yuna Kim - James Bond SP. Richard Dornbush - Sherlock Holmes FS. Armin Mahbanoozadeh - Avatar FS. Ross Miner, Maxim Kovtun - Casablanca FS.
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  15. pat c

    pat c Well-Known Member

    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
    1492 Conquest of Paradise - Elvis, Sav & Szol, Joubert.........
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  16. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Katarina Witt once skated a pro routine to Schindler's list. I liked Irina's too. My most favorite still remains Paul Wylie's.
  17. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    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).


    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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  18. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    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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  19. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    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
  20. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    The piano lesson : french skaters Laetitia Hubert, Delobel&Schoenfelder, Nadege Bobillier...
  21. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    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.

  22. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    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."
  23. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  24. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    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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  25. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

  26. os168

    os168 Active Member

    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:)
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
  27. Moka-Ananas

    Moka-Ananas Man's Ruin

    She's not using a score for her "Samson & Delilah" FP but music from the actual opera by Camille Saint-Saens.
  28. The Accordion

    The Accordion Well-Known Member

    Paul Wiley - Henry the V!