The Red Shoes


Review: A story of a young ballet dancer.
Director: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Actors: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring and Moira Shearer
Year: 1948
Genre: Music, Drama, Romance and Classics
Conclusion: 5/5
This film was truly amazing. It is incredible that both directors could come up with this. The quality is just outstanding considering it is only a few years after the war. You never knew what was going to happen all the way through. There is a dance scene which is “spellbinding”. The dance goes on for about 15 minutes without a pause. At the Academy Awards in 1949 this film won 2 Oscars. They were for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Color and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. At the Golden Globes the same year it won Best Motion Picture Score. One of the questions I often ask myself when thinking about this film is whichever direction in her life she took would she have been happy either way? The Red Shoes reminded me a lot of the film Black Swan. This film is listed in Barry Norman’s top 100 favorite films and also his top 50 Greatest British Films that was published in the Radio Times. At the start of the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 Martin Scorsese spoke up about this film and said “Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger created a vision in The Red Shoes that has really never been matched; truly the most beautiful technicolor film ever made”.

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