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Writers:
Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale)
Emeric Pressburger (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 September 1948 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Dance she did, and dance she must - between her two loves See more »
Plot:
A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A true masterpiece See more (125 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Marius Goring ... Julian Craster
Jean Short ... Terry
Gordon Littmann ... Ike
Julia Lang ... A Balletomane
Bill Shine ... Her Mate
Léonide Massine ... Ljubov (as Leonide Massine)
Anton Walbrook ... Boris Lermontov
Austin Trevor ... Prof. Palmer

Esmond Knight ... Livy
Eric Berry ... Dimitri
Irene Browne ... Lady Neston

Moira Shearer ... Victoria Page
Ludmilla Tchérina ... Boronskaja (as Ludmilla Tcherina)
Jerry Verno ... Stage-Door Keeper

Robert Helpmann ... Ivan Boleslawsky
Albert Bassermann ... Ratov (as Albert Basserman)
Derek Elphinstone ... Lord Oldham
Marie Rambert ... Madame Rambert (as Madame Rambert)
Joy Rawlins ... Gwladys - Vicky's friend
Marcel Poncin ... M. Boudin
Michel Bazalgette ... M. Rideaut
Yvonne Andre ... Vicky's Dresser
Hay Petrie ... Boisson
Alan Carter ... Solo Dancer
Joan Harris ... Solo Dancer
Joan Sheldon ... Dancer
Paula Dunning ... Dancer
Brian Ashbridge ... Dancer
Denis Carey ... Dancer
Lynne Dorval ... Dancer
Helen Ffrance ... Dancer
Robert Dorning ... Dancer
Eddie Gaillard ... Dancer
Paul Hammond ... Dancer
Tommy Linden ... Dancer
Trisha Linova ... Dancer
Anna Marinova ... Dancer
Guy Massey ... Dancer
John Regan ... Dancer
Peggy Sager ... Dancer
Ruth Sendler ... Dancer
Hilda Gaunt ... Accompanist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neville Astor ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Edmond Audran ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Mark Baring ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Peter Bayliss ... Evans - Lord Oldham's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Michael Bayston ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Leonard Boucher ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Anne Byatt ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Joy Camden ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Jack Carter ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Michelle de Lys ... Lady in Vicky's Dressing Room Before Premiere (uncredited)
Peter Fisk ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Gladys Forrester ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Donato Forte ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Richard George ... Doorman (uncredited)
Greta Grayson ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Audrey Harman ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Pamela Harrington ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Jean Hébey ... Parisian Taxi Driver at Opera Square (uncredited)
Suzanne Jemmett ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Barry Klare ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Joan Lehman ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Joyce Linden ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Charles Lisner ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Graham MacCormack ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Enid Martin ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Denise Merrum ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Helene Mladova ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Patricia Norman ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Yvonne Olena ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Collin Patrick ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Philippe Perrottet ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Emeric Pressburger ... Man Waiting on Station Platform (uncredited)
Jackie Smithers ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Saxon Stobart ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Margaret Tate ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Meta Thomas ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
John Tore ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Gladys Walton ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Elizabeth West ... Lermontov's Secretary (uncredited)
George Woodbridge ... Doorman - Covent Garden (uncredited)
Anne Woolliams ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Marnia Zarina ... Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Powell 
Emeric Pressburger 
 
Writing credits
Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale)

Emeric Pressburger (original screenplay)

Keith Winter (additional dialogue)

Michael Powell (written by) and
Emeric Pressburger (written by)

Produced by
George R. Busby .... assistant producer
Michael Powell .... producer
Emeric Pressburger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Brian Easdale 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Reginald Mills 
 
Production Design by
Hein Heckroth 
 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lawson 
 
Costume Design by
Hein Heckroth (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Eric Carter .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ernest Gasser .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sydney Streeter .... assistant director (as Sydney S. Streeter)
J.M. Gibson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Laurie Knight .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Kenneth K. Rick .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alfred Roberts .... scenic artist
Bernard Goodwin .... draughtsman (uncredited)
G. Heavens .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Don Picton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
V. Shaw .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Elven Webb .... assistant art director (uncredited)
V.B. Wilkins .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Alan Withy .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gordon K. McCallum .... dubbing (as Gordon MacCullum)
Charles Poulton .... sound
Al Burton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Peter Davies .... first assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Desmond Dew .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Leonard Trumm .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
George Gunn .... composite photography: Technicolor (as F. George Gunn)
E. Hague .... composite photography: Technicolor
Ivor Beddoes .... special painting (uncredited)
Les Bowie .... matte artist (uncredited)
Judy Jordan .... matte artist (uncredited)
Joseph Nathanson .... special painting (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Challis .... camera
George Cannon .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bob Kindred .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Cornel Lucas .... special still photographer (uncredited)
George Minassian .... focus puller (uncredited)
John Morgan .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Alistair Phillips .... assistant still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Wall .... chief electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carven .... dresses: Mlle. Tcherina (as Carven of Paris)
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe
Jacques Fath .... dresses: Miss Shearer (as Jacques Fath of Paris)
Mattli .... dresses: Miss Shearer (as Mattli of London)
Dorothy Edwards .... dresses: Miss Tcherina (uncredited)
Elsie Withers .... head of wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Noreen Ackland .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Anne V. Coates .... second editor (uncredited)
Tony Haynes .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Laurie Knight .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ted Drake .... music recordist
Brian Easdale .... conductor
Brian Easdale .... music arranger
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... music played by
 
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... associate colour control
Alan Carter .... assistant maitre de ballet: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Joan Harris .... assistant maitresse de ballet: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Robert Helpmann .... choreographer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Natalie Kalmus .... colour control
Léonide Massine .... (the part of the Shoemaker created and danced by ) (as Leonide Massine)
Doreen North .... continuity
J. Arthur Rank .... presenter
John Seabourne Jr. .... liaison editor
Joanna Busby .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Gwladys Jenks .... production assistant (uncredited)
Vivienne Knight .... publicist (uncredited)
Marjorie Mein .... production secretary (uncredited)
Terence Morgan II .... mask maker: monsters (uncredited)
Comer Peter .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
133 min | Japan:136 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Ireland:G | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1948) | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (re-issue) (2009) | UK:U (re-issue) (1960) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cinematographer Jack Cardiff wasn't keen on doing a ballet film so he forced himself to take in as many ballet productions as he could to familiarize himself with this art form. He was soon won over.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Near the end, when Vicky is getting ready to go on stage for "The Red Shoes" once again, she's wearing the red dancing shoes as she hesitates. But that play starts with the white dancing shoes; only during the play does her character find the red shoes and put them on.

However, this is not an accidental goof. This is essential to the plot and the director wants us to overlook this detail so that all the symbolism of Vicky wearing those red shoes while "unable to stop dancing" can be fully explored.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[holding doors closed]
Doorman:They're going mad, sir. It's the students.
[From outside]
Julian Craster:Down with tyrants!
Manager, Covent Garden:All right, let them in.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Ballet of The Red ShoesSee more »

FAQ

Why would Lermontov reinstate Irina as the principal dancer AFTER she's been married?
Who was the source of the character Boris Lermontov's name?
Did Moira Shearer do her own dancing?
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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A true masterpiece, 25 April 2004
Author: emuir-1 from United States

A great film speaks to each of us in a different way. To me this more than a colourful piece of escapist entertainment, this was a glimpse into a world of magnificent color, sumptious settings, French Haute Couture, the theatre, music, luxury hotels, elegant opera houses, chaffeured Rolls Royce cars, travel to the South of France - in short, everything that a child in the near bankrupt England in 1948 had never seen and could barely imagine.

I was fascinated not only by the glimpse of an elitist life, but of the time capsule which the film presented of a time and place that no longer exists as it was at that time. The views of London in 1948, are similar to watching "World War II in Color" on the history channel. When the ballet company travelled, they took the train. Rationing may still have existed back then, and travellers could not take money out of the country, except for a ridiculously inadequate amount; therefore, if you went abroad you had to know someone with whom you could stay. I also found myself wondering how they got the money to make a technicolour film in 1947, when they began filming.

Part of the film takes place in Monte Carlo, only 20 years after the heyday of the famous Ballet Russe. In fact the ballet company in the film is quite obviously based on the Diaghilev Company. Former member Leonid Massine has a major part in the film, and Marie Rambert has a cameo role.

This is also a ballet film for those who do not really care for ballet. The plot is simple - rising young ballerina falls in love with rising young composer and must choose between him and a career possessively controlled by the impressario - and acts as a frame for the ballet. The film is as near perfection as it is possible to get, and watching it in 2004, it does not seem to have dated at all. Everyone, especially Anton Walbrook, is perfectly cast. The script is witty and occasionally humorous. The technicolour photography is superb, especially capturing Moira Shearer's flaming red hair.

The audio commentary on the DVD adds immensely to the enjoyment of the film, which is one that can be watched over and over. o understand how great this film really is, try watching Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" travesty afterwards.

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