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The Red Shoes (1948)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 6 September 1948 (UK)
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

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Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale), Emeric Pressburger (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marius Goring ... Julian Craster
Jean Short Jean Short ... Terry
Gordon Littmann Gordon Littmann ... Ike
Julia Lang Julia Lang ... A Balletomane
Bill Shine ... Her Mate
Léonide Massine ... Ljubov (as Leonide Massine)
Anton Walbrook ... Boris Lermontov
Austin Trevor ... Professor Palmer
Esmond Knight ... Livy
Eric Berry Eric Berry ... Dimitri
Irene Browne ... Lady Neston
Moira Shearer ... Victoria Page
Ludmilla Tchérina ... Irina Boronskaja (as Ludmilla Tcherina)
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ... Stage-Door Keeper
Robert Helpmann ... Ivan Boleslawsky
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Storyline

Under the authoritarian rule of charismatic ballet impressario Boris Lermontov, 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 near-obsessive guidance, young ballerina Victoria Page is poised for superstardom, but earns Lermontov's scorn when she falls in love with Julian Craster, composer of "The Red Shoes," the ballet Lermontov is staging to showcase her talents. Vicky leaves the company and marries Craster, but still finds herself torn between Lermontov's demands and those of her heart. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Dance she did, and dance she must - between her two loves See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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UK

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English | French | Russian

Release Date:

6 September 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Las zapatillas rojas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£13,336 (United Kingdom), 13 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,900,000
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (as Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The length of Julian's cigarette changes dramatically (gets longer and then gets much shorter than he could smoke it down to in the short time between shots) whilst he's playing the piano for Vicky in Lermontov's office. See more »

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[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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Referenced in BBC Proms: Prom 2: Music from Great British Films (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Sylphides
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Liszt
Arranged by Gordon Jacob
Played by uncredited symphony orchestra
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A Very Creative Movie About Creative Artists At Work
26 May 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The resourceful approach that characterizes so many of the Michael Powell/ Emeric Pressburger collaborations makes "The Red Shoes" one of the most creative and interesting of any of the "back stage" movies that show the lives and dreams of creative artists at work. The characters are quite interesting in themselves, and the story brings out some worthwhile aspects of each of their natures while giving a realistic and often fascinating look at their world.

By no means do you have to be a ballet fan to appreciate and enjoy the story or the settings. While fully convincing in themselves, they are also set up so that the most important aspects and conflicts of the plot could easily be applied to those working in other creative fields as well.

Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, and Marius Goring make a nicely balanced and intriguing trio of main characters. The opening scenes work very well in bringing them together while being enjoyable to watch in themselves. From there, the creative tensions are built up steadily as the story itself becomes even more interesting. The script makes use of the best conventions of its genre, while never allowing itself to become formulaic.

There is also a good deal of creativity in many of the individual sequences. The opening scene at the opera is particularly clever in playing off of a viewer's initial expectations. The most spectacular sequence is the "red shoes" ballet segment itself, a very imaginative and enjoyable mini-movie that also parallels some of the main story's most interesting ideas. All in all, "The Red Shoes" well deserves its reputation as a distinctive classic.


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