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Steep

“Steep” is a terrific ski documentary that goes beyond the ski action films we all know and love.  Yes, there’s action in “Steep” but it’s not meant to be a regular ski action film, so don’t look at it that way.  “Steep”’ is about the mind-set that drives athletes to attempt runs down 50 degree slopes and it covers this in a sensitive but casual way; there’s no beating the viewer over the head with the fear and guts angle, it’s just there.  Part history lesson and part psychological study, it opens with the stories of the French and Italian big-mountain skiers in the 70s and 80s who pioneered the sport.  Those interviews and the segments with American icon Doug Coombs (who is really the star here) provide great insight into the men and women who express themselves not by making paintings or writing books but by skiing the steepest mountain sides on the planet.  Skiing at this level, especially since these descents are often filmed, is akin to performance art.  But its performance art with a big difference: if you fall, you die.  “Steep”’s last third digs into the stories of those who have redefined big mountain skiing since the 90s :  the hot-dogging of Glen Plake, the aerial work of Seth Morrison and, of course, the base-jumping experiments of  (the late) Shane McConkey.  “Steep” is a well told tale that will hold the attention of the tourist skier and will be loved by the hard-core.    by Mark “The Attorney General” Quail

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Reviewed by AttorneyGeneral on May 16, 2011

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