Snow Job – Retrolicious Fall Movie Night

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It’s 1972 and while $240,000 doesn’t sound like alot of money, but in today’s QE inflated world it would be worth $1.5 Million. Join us as we time warp back to the most stylish era in skiing. French ski racer Jean-Claude Killy is a hot commodity after winning 3 gold medals in the 1968 Olympics and Hollywood wants to make him the next Steve McQueen.

When: Saturday Nov. 9th. Doors Open at 6pm with the movie starting at approximately 7PM.
Where: North Bend Theater, North Bend WA – Directions

The night will feature all the fun and action you have come to expect from the annual ADL Ski Club fall movie night. DJ Hahnenkamm will be spinning 70s beats before the film, prizes will be given out for the best retro dressed skiers in the audience, swag will be recklessly tossed around the theater and cold beer will be generously provided by our best buds at Lagunitas Brewing with proceeds going to support our 501c3 helping underfunded ski racers reach their goals. An après atmosphere will be in full effect. If you enjoyed our previous showings of The Streif, Downhill Racer, or last year Blizzard of Aaahs with Greg Stump… you will love The Snow Job!

Previous ADL movie nights have sold out early so don’t delay – Get your tickets now and get ready to relive the 70s in all their glory.

A little background on our movie:

After winning three gold medals in the 1968 Olympics and two FIS Alpine Ski World Cups Jean-Claude Killy, the French championship skier, received international fame and acclaim due to his agility, speed and unparalleled technique on the slopes. He was also a skilled endurance sports car driver who competed in the 1967 Targa Florio and the 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours race. Besides his award worthy sportsmanship, Killy was an attractive and charming man, which helped bolster his reputation and companies as diverse as Rolex, United Airlines, Schwinn Bicycles, American Express and Chevrolet offered him lots of money to endorse their products. He appeared in printed advertisements as well as television ads and on countless magazine covers including four issues of Sports Illustrated between 1967-1969.

Naturally, Hollywood took notice and in 1971 Warner Brothers decided to produce a film that would make use of Killy’s impressive skiing talent and international appeal.

The appropriately titled Snow Job is an amusing action-oriented crime caper involving a ski instructor (Jean-Claude Killy) who convinces his live-in girlfriend (Danièle Gaubert) and American pal (Cliff Potts) to steal a quarter of a million dollars from a swanky ski resort in the Italian Alps just for kicks. The three would-be thieves come up with an elaborate plan that involves seducing bankers along with dangerous snow mobile jumps and spectacular ski stunts to procure their loot but things don’t go as smoothly as they had anticipated. Hot on their trail is an unscrupulous insurance investigator played with much aplomb by Vittorio De Sica, the Italian film director and actor, who is determined to outwit the amateur criminals. The film hits the finish line with a sophisticated twist that you won’t see coming.

Snow Job was filmed on location in the Italian and Swiss Alps by American director George Englund (The Ugly American; 1963, Zachariah; 1971, etc.) and Hungarian cinematographer Gábor Pogány (Two Women; 1960, Bluebeard; 1972, Night Train Murders; 1975, etc.). They used helicopters extensively throughout the shoot, which allowed them to capture all the action on the slopes. The camerawork is occasionally breathtaking as we watch Jean-Claude Killy jump and drift across the alpine landscape like an agile bird while risking serious injury or even death. Killy insisted on doing all his own stunts and it’s remarkable that he got through filming unscathed. If you appreciate seventies heist films with dynamic action sequences or the kind of risky professional skiing typically reserved for Warren Miller films, you should find Snow Job a an enjoyable and entertaining ski flick.