fictional project runs into predictable problems, covering ground
which already has been tread by better movies like Truffaut's
"Day for Night" and David Mamet's "State and
Main". Some examples:
The crew is on
the ice during the filming, therefore in danger from flying pucks,
so the hockey players have to play hockey without a puck.
They hired the
Lithuanian national hockey team (whose appearance is unaccountably
accompanied by Hungarian music), and they don't speak French, so
every instruction to them requires translation. This can be quite
uncomfortable for the translator when the director chooses to
lecture them on film theory.
The director, the
female star, and the male star form a love triangle, with all the
The heat from the
movie lights keeps melting the ice in the rink.
The owner of the
ice rink is a former figure skating wannabee who insists on
telling his war stories whenever they can least afford the time
required to listen to them. They have to listen, of course,
because his co-operation is essential to the film.
The stunt double
for the beautiful leading lady is a short, stout, hairy-chested
The producer of
the film keeps insisting to the European film festivals that the
film is not about love or ice hockey, but is a metaphor for the
problems of modern day Europe.
Dolores Chaplin, was seen naked through a keyhole. She was
quite far from the camera, and the nudity was from the