The Red Shoes 1948

The Red Shoes

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The Red Shoes is one of the best-looking movies ever, and blends multiple moods and styles with balletic grace.

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In this classic drama, Vicky Page (Moira Shearer) is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook), urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster (Marius Goring). Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.

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Critic Reviews for The Red Shoes

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (2)

  • These faults, if faults they be, may well be outweighed by the beauty of the ballet sequences and music, by the skill with which Mr Powell always uses colour, and by Miss Shearer's endearing charm.

    March 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A lingering, calf-eyed look at backstage ballet's little world of overworked egos and underdone glands.

    March 9, 2015 | Full Review…
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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.

    October 23, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 2, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 1, 2010 | Full Review…
  • What a cast, and what superbly florid but controlled direction. Unequalled Technicolor photography from Jack Cardiff. too.

    December 11, 2009 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for The Red Shoes

  • Jun 11, 2018
    The story of a young ballerina (Moira Shearer) and young composer (Marius Goring) being accepted into a ballet company and then working their way up by demonstrating their skills to an irascible producer (Anton Walbrook) is decent in its own right, and the first half of this film gives us a 'behind the scenes' look into the making of a ballet, with a set of charming supporting characters. What sets the film apart, however, is the actual production of the ballet, which directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger give us in a visually stunning extended sequence, using various film effects to enhance its dreamy feeling. You don't have to be a lover of ballet to appreciate the artistic beauty of these scenes, and it's no wonder the film won Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Score. Shearer being asked to choose between a husband and a career may be a little maddening and sound familiar to women, but the demand is not from her husband, it's from her producer. The ballet shoes that she puts on which promise worldwide fame are a bit of a Faustian bargain, with Walbrook's character Mephistopheles. It gets a bit melodramatic as it plays out, but it's always entertaining. Strong performances, strong direction, and fantastic artistry.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2015
    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 phenomenal editing.
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  • Jun 16, 2014
    This movie shit on Aronofski's Black Swan
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2014
    Until Black Swan, this was the definitive film about ballet. The Svengali relationship between an instructor and his ballerina ups the tension to a delightful level.
    John B Super Reviewer

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