The Red Shoes

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Starring
Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Leonide Massine, Albert Basserman, Ludmilla Tcherina, Esmond Knight, Jean Short, Gordon Littmann, Julia Lang & Bill Shine

Director: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Running Time: 135 minutes

Certificate: U - contains mild threat, injury and smoking

Country: UK

Format: 2D


"Just blazes out of the screen: profoundly serious, sublimely innocent, yet deeply and mysteriously erotic. What a restoration this is. For some other rereleases, I have said: run, don’t walk to the cinema. This is a case of - sprint, don’t run."
★★★★★
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


"You cannot have it both ways. A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love can never be a great dancer. Never."

One of Powell and Pressburger’s most famous films, The Red Shoes is the tragic and romantic story of the beautiful English ingenue Vicky Page, a brilliant young dancer who must give up everything if she is to become a great ballerina.

Blisteringly restored in a new digital print, this is the compelling parable of the destructive demands made by art upon the artist, and upon performing artists expected to sublimate their emotions into a quasi-sexual submission to their director – a parable that seems to change into a portrait of psychotic disorder or actual demonic possession.

Moira Shearer plays Vicky Page, who, on the premature retirement of her ballet company’s leading lady, is catapulted to the position of prima ballerina. She has been promoted by Boris Lermontov, the company’s exacting and demanding director, a martinet unforgettably played by Anton Walbrook with superbly weary elegance and fastidious disdain for all that is second rate.

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