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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Walbrook ... Boris Lermontov
Marius Goring ... Julian Craster
Moira Shearer ... Victoria Page
Robert Helpmann ... Ivan Boleslawsky
Albert Bassermann ... Sergei Ratov (as Albert Basserman)
Léonide Massine ... Grischa Ljubov (as Leonide Massine)
Esmond Knight ... Livy
Austin Trevor ... Professor Palmer
Irene Browne ... Lady Neston
Hay Petrie ... Boisson
Eric Berry Eric Berry ... Dimitri
Derek Elphinstone Derek Elphinstone ... Lord Oldham
Ludmilla Tchérina ... Irina Boronskaja (as Ludmilla Tcherina)
Marie Rambert Marie Rambert ... Madame Rambert (as Madame Rambert)
Michel Bazalgette Michel Bazalgette ... M. Rideaut
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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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Taglines:

Between her art ... and her dreams ... was her heart See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Art director Hein Heckroth was a painter who had never worked as the art director on a film before. He had designed the costumes for previous The Archers' productions like "Black Narcissus (1947)." He created a 15-minute "animatic" (filmed storyboard) reel to convey the type of mood and feel his sets would give, which acted as an ideal guide for cinematographer Jack Cardiff. See more »

Goofs

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, but the 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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Crazy Credits

The end of the film finishes with 'Finis' instead of 'The End'. See more »

Connections

Featured in A Matter of Michael & Emeric (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

La Boutique Fantasque
(uncredited)
Music by Ottorino Respighi
based on the music of Gioachino Rossini
Arranged by Malcolm Sargent
Played by uncredited symphony orchestra
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A true masterpiece
25 April 2004 | by emuir-1See all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Russian

Release Date:

6 September 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Shoes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,165
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (as Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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