The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

In this “visually ravishing masterpiece” (BFI), real-life dancer Moira Shearer (who also dons pointe shoes in The Archers’s The Tales of Hoffmann) makes her film debut in this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale as Vicky Page, a ballerina torn between her passion for dance and her adoration of a composer. Also nominated for Best Picture, Story, and Film Editing, the score by Brian Easdale (Black Narcissus, Peeping Tom) and dazzling art direction from Hein Heckroth and Arthur Lawson both nabbed Oscars. Scorsese once called it “the film that plays in [his] heart,” and we promise its magic will linger long after leaving the theater.

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. WITH: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer,Robert Helpmann. 1948. 136 min. UK. Technicolor. English. DCP.

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