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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 215510813
UPC: 715515059312
UPC 14: 00715515059312
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Editor's Note
This seminal dance film, created Powell and Pressburger, in which an impresario takes a ballerina under his wing, deftly combines interpretive dance with drama. This acclaimed adaption of a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale results in a marked triumph of artistic collaboration and modernity. More than any other film, THE RED SHOES deals with the dangerous, magical process by which art is distilled from preparation and effort.
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Criterion Collection
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/20/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 134 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00715515059312
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Marie Rambert
Video Cast Info Ludmilla Tcherina
Video Cast Info Derek Elphinstone
Video Cast Info Joy Rawlins
Video Cast Info Albert Basserman
Video Cast Info Anton Walbrook
Video Cast Info Moira Shearer
Video Cast Info Robert Helpmann
Video Cast Info Austin Trevor
Video Cast Info Irene Browne
Video Cast Info Marius Goring
Video Cast Info Esmond Knight
Video Cast Info Eleanor Berry
Video Cast Info Keith Winter - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jack Cardiff - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Hans Christian Andersen - Story
Video Cast Info Brian Easdale - Composer
Video Cast Info Michael Powell - Producer
Video Cast Info Emeric Pressburger - Producer
Video Cast Info Hein Heckroth - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Reginald Mills - Editor
Video Cast Info Emeric Pressburger - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Michael Powell - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Emeric Pressburger - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Powell - Director
Plot Summary
Powell and Pressburger, who called their unique creative partnership The Archers, were no strangers to controversy. Each film they made together aimed it's barb at complacency and tackled a new creative challenge. They intended for this story, of a ballerina's life backstage, to turn into a manifesto for the claims of art over mundane life. Through a young dancer's eyes, unforgettably played by Moira Shearer, we meet a young composer, played by Marius Goring, and we enter a ballet company under the leading dancer and choreographer Robert Helpmann. At the center of the company is the malevolent charming impresario Boris Lermontov. Lermontov lives through his creations. People and relationships are ruthlessly subordinated to a drive that inevitably reminds us of the drive to make films. Under the authoritarian rule this charismatic ballet impresario, his proteges realize the full promise of their talents, but at a price: utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov himself. Under his guidance, the young ballerina is poised for superstardom, but earns Lermontov's scorn when she falls in love with the composer of "The Red Shoes," the ballet Lermontov is staging to showcase her talents.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Lush, beloved....Overripe appeal..." 12/31/1993 p.C26

Entertainment Weekly
"...A treat from start to finish....Magical..." -- Rating: A 03/17/1995 p.100

USA Today
"...The most popular British film of its day launched an international ballet craze..." 03/21/1995 p.5D

Los Angeles Times
"[O]ne of the most exquisite color films ever made. Jack Cardiff's gorgeous three-strip Technicolor cinematography creates the kind of deep, vivid hues that will leave viewers literally gasping." 07/31/2009

Wall Street Journal
"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." 10/22/2010

Entertainment Weekly
"What makes the film a masterpiece is the team's wizardly craft and the startling use of color..." 01/21/2011

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Product attributeActor:   Shearer,Moira
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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