The Red Shoes


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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The tale of a famous ballerina who must choose between art and love.

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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 Friend
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 (56) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (2)

  • Incorporating echoes of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale that gives the film its name, Powell and Pressburger include visionary flashes of surrealism and magic realism.

    Mar 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • A lingering, calf-eyed look at backstage ballet's little world of overworked egos and underdone glands.

    Mar 9, 2015 | Full Review…
    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.

    Oct 23, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The greatest film about ballet ever made.

    May 13, 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.

    Mar 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.

    Feb 1, 2010 | Full Review…

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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • 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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