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The Red Shoes [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Powell 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.

    Academy Awards Best Original Score 1948 Brian Easdale

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 70

  • Credits
    Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Adolf Wuhlbruck, Robert Helpmann, Robert Helpmann, Marius Goring, Marius Goring, Austin Trevor, Esmond Knight, Eleanor Berry, Irene Browne, Ludmilla Tcherina, Albert Basserman, Derek Elphinstone, Marie Rambert, Joy Rawlins
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Lush, beloved....Overripe appeal..."
    New York Times

    "...A treat from start to finish....Magical..." -- Rating: A+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...The most popular British film of its day launched an international ballet craze..."
    USA Today

    "[O]ne of the most exquisite color films ever made. Jack Cardiff's gorgeous three-strip Technicolor cinematography creates the kind of deep, vivid hues that will leave viewers literally gasping."
    Los Angeles Times

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