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 (55) | Top Critics (13)

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

    Mar 9, 2015 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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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.

    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…
  • 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.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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 phenomenal editing.

Carlos Magalhães
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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Having a shortage of respect for ballet and mesmerizing filmmaking? Watch this fantastic film immediately and it will change your mind on both issues. Don't be put off by what I thought was a slow start. As soon as the film gets its claws in you, which it surely will, you won't be able to forget it. The only true bad part of the film is the moment when you realize that all ballets aren't productions by The Archers. For if they were, I would be constantly clamoring, like the youths in the first part of the film, for front row seats. Also, and I know this sounds crazy, but it will change the way you look at color films. I felt like I was a child of the 60's who just got his paws on his first color television. All in all, a simply astounding picture.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

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