The Red Shoes

1948/Colour/133mins/UK




Category Country Focus: UK: Classics
Director Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Producer Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Screenplay Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cinematography Jack Cardiff
Editor Reginald Mills
Music Brian Easdale
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Cast Anton Walbrook (Boris Lermontov), Marius Goring (Julian Craster), Moira Shearer (Victoria Page), Robert Helpmann (Ivan Boleslawsky), Leonide Massine (Ljubov), Albert Basserman (Ratov), Leonide Massine (Boronskaja), Esmond Knight (Livy), Austin Trevor (Professor Palmer), Eric Berry (Dimitri), Irene Brown (Lady Neston).
Production Company NA
World Sales NA
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The Red Shoes is cinema's quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring outstanding performances, blazingly beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Oscar-winning sets and music, and an unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence, this beloved classic, now dazzlingly restored, stands as an enthralling tribute to the life of the artist.

Director:
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Powell attended Dulwich College, London (1918-21). He directed his first film, Two Crowded Hours, in 1931. During the 1930s he directed over 20 low-budget, quickly made films before producer Alexander Korda teamed him with Hungarian-born screenwriter Emeric Pressburger on The Spy in Black (U.S. title U-Boat). It was the beginning of a long, stimulating partnership; after the success of their next two collaborations, Contraband (1940) and 49th Parallel (U.S., The Invaders, 1941) they formed (1942) The Archers, a joint production company, and shared equal writing, producing, and directing credits for its 14 films. Emeric (Imre) Pressburger was born in Miskolc, Hungary, on December 5 1902. He worked as a journalist, translator and short story writer in Weimar Republic Berlin, before turning screenwriter for directors Robert Siodmak (Abschied (Germany, 1930)) and Max Ophuls (Dann schon lieber Lebertran (Germany, 1930)).

Selected Filmography:
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943),
A Matter of Life and Death(1946),
Black Narcissus(1947),
The Spy in Black (1939),
A Canterbury Tale(1944).