The Red Shoes

Fledgling ballerina Victoria (Moira Shearer) falls in love with brilliant composer Julian (Marius Goring) while they collaborate on a ballet that makes her a star. But overbearing company owner Boris (Anton Walbrook), jealous of their love, fires Julian and forbids Victoria from performing. Julian and Victoria wed, and his career takes off, but she longs for an opportunity to dance. When Boris makes an offer, she faces a heart wrenching choice.

Lauren
Rating: 8 out of 10

Roger Ebert tweeted that “The Red Shoes” was going to be on Turner Classic Movies and everyone must see it. So, if I must, I must. I DVRed it and every few days would look at the two-and-a-half-hour run time and think … tomorrow. Finally tomorrow came and I realized it wasn’t really two and a half hours, there were bumpers by Robert Osborne that ate up at least a half hour. Plus, as soon as it started I was hooked.

Set mostly on the stage and mostly in London it is perfect. A young composer and a young ballerina, both looking for stardom, work their way up to the top in a famous, driven ballet producer’s company.

When they perform “The Red Shoes” for the first time I was thinking how the special effects, although dated now, must have been amazing in 1948. The red ballet slippers appear on the ballerinas feet instantly, I know! amazing.

Although the dancing is beautiful it’s not really until the two young stars fall in love and the producer tries to put an end to it that the movie gets great. But it does get great. Thanks Roger.

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3 responses to “The Red Shoes

  1. Lots of dancers say this movie changed their life. I like dancing, and I like musicals but it didn’t change my life. I did enjoy it. I loved the colors and Moria Shearer is beautiful. Michael Powell’s films always have this vibrant beautiful color.

    As for the effects on the feet, this WAS a big deal. Remember hey didn’t have computers back then, so it actually took a lot more skill, talent and camera work to actually make it look good.

    However, there were more impressive technological advances in earlier films such as this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMvvj2vgYDo
    It wasn’t so much the mirror image, it was also making sure he redid he dance exactly like he had earlier so that the feet would match.

  2. Is this a spin-off of the Korean movie of the same title? They have a similar plot.

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