Ballet Shoes (1975)

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Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Angela Thorne ...
 Sylvia Brown (6 episodes, 1975)
Jane Slaughter ...
 Petrova (6 episodes, 1975)
Elizabeth Morgan ...
 Pauline (6 episodes, 1975)
Sarah Prince ...
 Posy (6 episodes, 1975)
Barbara Lott ...
 Nana (6 episodes, 1975)
Terence Skelton ...
 Mr. Simpson (6 episodes, 1975)
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 Theo Danes (5 episodes, 1975)
Sheila Keith ...
 Dr. Jakes (5 episodes, 1975)
Mary Morris ...
 Madame Fidolia (4 episodes, 1975)
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Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance teacher - come to stay. Theo Dane, the dance teacher, has the girls accepted at her school by the formidable Madame, and the three go on the stage to help raise money. Each discovers her talents - Pauline as an actress, Petrova in fixing engines, and Posy as a dancer. Written by Hilary Caws-Elwitt

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27 December 1976 (USA)  »

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When Petrova is sat on Mr. Simpson's lap discussing moving house, a crew member holding a light reflector is visible in the glass display cabinet behind them. See more »

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Petrova: [rehearsing as Mytyl] When shall we see the dead?
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] You heard Light say...
Dr. Jakes: [points to her watch and mouths: "midnight"]
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] You heard Light say I was to wait until midnight.
Petrova: [rehearsing as Mytyl] Why midnight?
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] Because that is...
Dr. Jakes: [inhales deeply and loudly]
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] Because that is when they take the air.
Petrova: [rehearsing as Mytyl] Midnight is striking!
Nana: [entering with tray of mugs] Cuck-oo! Cuck-oo! Cocoa! Cocoa!
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Remade as Ballet Shoes (2007) See more »

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Fine adaptation
28 May 2002 | by (Lothlorien) – See all my reviews

It's not the greatest book-to-film translation of all time (sorry, that honour has to go to Peter Jackson), but it's a damn fine one.

I remember my mother, a former ballerina herself, reading this to me when I was four or five. It held a strange sort of magic for me, and I made her read it over and over. I came back to it when I was twelve or so, and it was still as wonderful. The story seems rather lighthearted and tame in the present day, but it's still a nice view of teenage life in that time.

The acting, I thought, was very good, particularly by the three Fossil girls. Although I felt it would have benefited from more ballet and theatre scenes (after all, the girls DO go to ballet school), these were handled well.

My friend has this on video, and I was always under the impression that it was quite popular. I can't think why no one else has reviewed it, particularly as it's so highly rated (8.8 average).

I recommend it for fans of ballet/theatre, but in all honesty I'm sure it will appeal to people who aren't at all familiar with these as well. Similarly to 'Billy Elliot' (which is, admittedly, much better than this), you get a look at what goes on behind all the bright lights and perfection of 'stars'.

Over and out, Mieko xxx


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