The Red Shoes (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Red Shoes (1948)



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Movie Info

The tale of a famous ballerina who must choose between art and love.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Keith Winter
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 1999
Eagle-Lion Films


Moira Shearer
as Victoria Page
Anton Walbrook
as Boris Lermontov
Marius Goring
as Julian Craster
Leonide Massine
as Grischa Ljubov
Robert Helpmann
as Ivan Boleslawsky
Albert Basserman
as Sergei Ratov
Ludmilla Tchérina
as Irina Boronskaja
Julia Lang
as A Balletomane
Bill Shine
as Her Mate
Austin Trevor
as Prof. Palmer
Eric Berry
as Dimitri
Irene Browne
as Lady Neston
Jerry Verno
as Stagedoor Keeper
Derek Elphinstone
as Lord Oldham
Mme. Rambert
as Herself
Joy Rawlins
as Gladys, Vicky's Fri...
Marcel Poncin
as M. Boudin
Yvonne Andre
as Vicky's Dresser
Hay Petrie
as Boisson
Joan Harris
as Solo Dancer
Guy Massey
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for The Red Shoes

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (12)

A lingering, calf-eyed look at backstage ballet's little world of overworked egos and underdone glands.

Full Review… | March 9, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The Red Shoes was shot in three-strip Technicolor, a process that's no longer used because of expense and technical complexity, but one that yielded some of the most spectacular images in cinema history.

Full Review… | October 23, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

The greatest film about ballet ever made.

Full Review… | May 13, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The shoes have never been redder. The color of passion that drenches the Technicolor world of The Red Shoes has been restored to its original luster.

Full Review… | March 2, 2010
Top Critic

No wonder Britain, still rationed in color, food, and feeling in the wake of an exhausting war, could not cope with what the movie proposed. Catch it here now, and you will not just be seeing an old film made new; you will have your vision restored.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010
New Yorker
Top Critic

Blending impressionist art and expressionist film, blurring the barriers between theatre and cinema, body and camera, reality and dream, drawing equally on the avant-garde and the classical.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Red Shoes


Walbrook and Shearer are absolutely fantastic in this dazzling visual spectacle that boasts an astounding art direction and cinematography in Technicolor - and in which the theater stage can assume unimaginable, magical proportions thanks especially to a phenomenal editing.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Anybody who ever tried to have a normal life while trying to be an artist will relate. Can you do it? Is it possible? Even if you're not an artist, you will identify with the lead's dilemma: can you have it all? Beautiful and very well edited and the dance scenes were wonderfully choreographed.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Powell and Pressburger's spectacle of color, choreography and catastrophe makes Black Swan look like an ugly duckling.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

The Red Shoes Quotes

Livy: You're a magician to have produced all this in three weeks from nothing.
Boris Lermontov: My dear, not even the best magician can produce a rabbit out of a hat if there is not already a rabbit on the hat.
– Submitted by Chad E (17 months ago)
Boris Lermontov: Don't forget, a great impression of simplicity can only be achieved by great agony of body and spirit.
– Submitted by Paul B (18 months ago)
Boris Lermontov: You cannot have it both ways. A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love can never be a great dancer. Never.
– Submitted by Paul B (18 months ago)
Boris Lermontov: Why do you want to dance?
Victoria Page: Why do you want to live?
Boris Lermontov: Well I don't know exactly why, er, but I must.
Victoria Page: That's my answer too.
– Submitted by Paul B (18 months ago)

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