Red Shoes (Blu Ray) (1948)
Editor's NoteThis 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.
Cast & Crew
|Keith Winter - Screenwriter|
|Jack Cardiff - Director of Photography|
|Hans Christian Andersen - Story|
|Brian Easdale - Composer|
|Michael Powell - Producer|
|Emeric Pressburger - Producer|
|Hein Heckroth - Costume Designer|
|Reginald Mills - Editor|
|Emeric Pressburger - Screenwriter|
|Michael Powell - Screenwriter|
|Emeric Pressburger - Director|
|Michael Powell - Director|
Plot SummaryPowell 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.