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Old 02-27-19, 12:10 PM
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I remember seeing this movie on tv in the 1980’s. It was on the local channel in a small ski town.

Probably made in the ‘70s or ‘80s. I don’t think it was a feature, rather a short, or it may have been cut down to shorter length. I’d say it was only 15 minutes.

It’s not a ski documentary. It was a semi-scripted comical stunt film with skiers performing in some kind of Rollerball meets Hunger Games scenario. They sword fight with ski poles, ski jump, freestyle, etc, and it’s all a competition. There was a memorable moment burnt in my mind of a guy escaping “the games” and he skies through a tunnel of snow and in the tunnel are dozens of arms reaching out to stop him and all of them are wearing ski gloves. Very funny, memorable moment.
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Old 02-27-19, 01:04 PM
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Sounds somewhat similar to Gymkata, but that wasn't a short film, and it had no skiing scenes that I recall.
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Yes it was kind of Gymkata on skies. And the tone was very humorous.
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A great ski filmmaker died a year ago in January 2018. He made skiing films--shorts and documentaries--for over 50 years. I remember posting his obit on Facebook and asking if anyone had seen any of his films, since his career sounded so interesting. His name was Warren Miller. I don't know if he made the film you describe, Mabuse, but here's the link to his Wikipedia page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Miller_(director)
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Old 02-28-19, 10:34 AM
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Oh I know Warren Miller. I’ve been to screenings of dozens of his films, and seen most of them. He is a legend.

But no, he didn’t make this silly film.

Warren Miller is/was magical. He had such a great voice. His narration alone just soothed you and made you excited to get out there and have an adventure.

It’s hard to find his stuff these days. A few things are on YouTube. There’s some new subscription channel called Ecoboom or something that’s offering his films.
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There are sort of different eras for Warren Miller. This is one of the last that he wrote and narrated himself.

Black Diamond Rush from 1993

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