Ballet Shoes (TV Mini-Series 1975)

TV Mini-Series   |  Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Family


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Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance ... See full summary »


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28 May 2002 | Purple_Possum
8
| Fine adaptation
It's not the greatest book-to-film translation of all time (sorry, that honour has to go to Peter Jackson), but it's a damn fine one.

I remember my mother, a former ballerina herself, reading this to me when I was four or five. It held a strange sort of magic for me, and I made her read it over and over. I came back to it when I was twelve or so, and it was still as wonderful. The story seems rather lighthearted and tame in the present day, but it's still a nice view of teenage life in that time.

The acting, I thought, was very good, particularly by the three Fossil girls. Although I felt it would have benefited from more ballet and theatre scenes (after all, the girls DO go to ballet school), these were handled well.

My friend has this on video, and I was always under the impression that it was quite popular. I can't think why no one else has reviewed it, particularly as it's so highly rated (8.8 average).

I recommend it for fans of ballet/theatre, but in all honesty I'm sure it will appeal to people who aren't at all familiar with these as well. Similarly to 'Billy Elliot' (which is, admittedly, much better than this), you get a look at what goes on behind all the bright lights and perfection of 'stars'.

Over and out, Mieko xxx

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Release Date:

27 December 1976

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK

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