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The Line, the Cross & the Curve (1993)

 -  Short | Music  -  6 May 1994 (UK)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Bush ...
Lindsay Kemp ...
Lily ...
Stewart Arnold ...
Male dancer
Christopher Banaman ...
Member of The Four Angels
John Chesworth ...
Member of The Four Angels
Vernon Nurse ...
Member of The Four Angels
Robert Smith ...
Member of The Four Angels
Paddy Bush ...
Member of The Devils
Colin Lloyd Tucker ...
Member of The Devils
Stewart Elliott ...
Band Musician
Danny McIntosh ...
Band Musician
Kevin McAlea ...
Band Musician


A singer struggles to dance well in rehearsal with her band. A power outage leaves her alone in the studio, reviewing her life, when a mysterious woman appears through the mirror and gives her a pair of Red Shoes. The cursed shoes dance beautifully, but endlessly. The singer is drawn irresistibly into the fey world beyond the mirror, where she must redeem three magic symbols from the mysterious woman in order to obtain release from the cursed shoes. Written by Karen Newcombe <>

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Mysterious Woman: And this curve, is your smile. And this cross, is your heart. And this line, is your path.
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Will appeal to Kate Bush fans.
15 October 1998 | by (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA) – See all my reviews

This film actually consists of music videos for the songs from Kate Bush's album "The Red Shoes" joined together with common characters and a plot. There is a lot of imagery and symbolism. Many of the images seem to be inspired by "The Wizard of Oz".

There are a couple of serious flaws here. Kate Bush does not appear to be comfortable in the role, and her acting is quite poor. Since she has been directing and acting in music videos since the 70's, it is disappointing that this is not her best work.

Miranda Richardson and Lindsay Kemp are wonderful and help the film along a great deal. The quality of costumes and special effects varies from excellent to horrible. In one scene, Kate's legs are possessed by the dancing red shoes and are actually a different person's legs. It looks fake, and it is puzzling if this is intended to be humor or simply poor quality.

The bottom line is that this film will appeal to Kate Bush fans because they (we) are very devoted. Fans are also aware of the deaths that occurred in her personal life that are symbolized in the film. But "The Line, the Cross, and the Curve" will never achieve the status of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" or anything like that.

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