The Red Shoes (1948)
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Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's influential musical tragedy set the stage for the climactic dance ballets that became a staple of the Arthur Freed-MGM musicals (An American in Paris, Singin' in the Rain and The Band Wagon) of the early 1950s. Hans Christian Andersen's tragic fairy tale forms the basis of this film about betrayal, love and art. The story begins as struggling composer Julian Craster (Marius Goring) attends a performance of the Lermontov Ballet Company and recognizes his
Sep 6, 1948 Wide
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's ode to the agony and the ecstasy of dancing is still joyous and moving even if you watch it through filthy, cracked sunglasses.
It's marvelously acted, superbly written, and features outstanding choreography , unforgettable characters and hauntingly beautiful cinematography. It's a cinematic treat for movie lovers! Bon appetit!
There are no words. As a film critic, I can't really get away with that too often. This feels like a worthy deployment.
The milieu of the ballet company - the camaraderie infused both humorously and agonizingly with individualistic obsessions for excellence - strikes a chord of authenticity even though it is struck on a very mannered instrument
...a periodically spellbinding yet grossly overlong endeavor that could've used a few more passes through the editing bay.
gloriously original and provocative--a truly groundbreaking fusion of reality and fantasy that helped pave the way for future musicals
... a film of dark fantasy, romantic passion and an infectious love of dance, music and cinema.
A sublime melodrama...[with a] still astonishing expressionistic dance sequence. [Blu-ray]
...watching the movie you still get the feeling that Technicolor was invented for it.
A movie so visceral and sparkling that no less a tough guy than Martin Scorsese ranks it among his favorite pictures of all time.
The timeless appeal of a beautiful ballerina torn between ambition and love makes engrossing viewing in this meticulously remastered 1948 classic
A masterpiece that's long been championed by film critics and archivists and should also be given its place as a part of gay cinema history.
What a cast, and what superbly florid but controlled direction. Unequalled Technicolor photography from Jack Cardiff. too.
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