The Red Shoes (1948)

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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.


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  • Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes (1948)
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  • Michael Powell and Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes (1948)
  • Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes (1948)
  • Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes (1948)
  • Robert Helpmann and Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes (1948)

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22 April 1999 | Hermit C-2
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| (Top 10 pick) A superior film.
I first heard of "The Red Shoes" when I read the liner notes to an album by the jazz/fusion group Weather Report, called "Tale Spinnin'". Therein it said that saxophonist Wayne Shorter had seen the film a few dozen times. Intrigued, I watched it when I noticed it in the TV listings. What a discovery!

With its focus on the tangle of lives of a ballerina, a composer, and a dictatorial impresario who uses them both, the story may have elements of a soap opera, but it's a superior soap opera. What appealed to Shorter, I'm sure, is the film's depiction of the artists' creative process. It may have been done better elsewhere, but I haven't seen it. Besides that, it's beautifully directed, beautifully photographed and sumptuous to look at throughout. The surreal title ballet is performed in a segment that is stunning, and I'm not just using that word as a cliche.

Anton Walbrook stands out as Lermontov, leader of the ballet troupe. There are many real-life artists from the ballet world in the film, including Leonide Massine and Robert Helpmann. Massine is particularly effective.

Don't be put off by the notion that this is some effete art film; it's high quality AND accessible. Anyone who enjoys art (especially ballet), romance or just plain good moviemaking owes it to themselves to see it.

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