The Red Shoes ()

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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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Boris Lermontov
Julian Craster
Victoria Page
Ivan Boleslawsky
Sergei Ratov (as Albert Basserman)
Grischa Ljubov (as Leonide Massine)
Professor Palmer
Lady Neston
Eric Berry ...
Derek Elphinstone ...
Lord Oldham
Irina Boronskaja (as Ludmilla Tcherina)
Marie Rambert ...
Madame Rambert (as Madame Rambert)
Michel Bazalgette ...
M. Rideaut
Marcel Poncin ...
M. Boudin
Yvonne Andre ...
Vicky's Dresser
Joy Rawlins ...
Gwladys - Vicky's friend
Jean Short ...
Gordon Littmann ...
Julia Lang ...
A Balletomane
Her Mate
Stage-Door Keeper
Alan Carter ...
Solo Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Joan Harris ...
Solo Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Joan Sheldon ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Paula Dunning ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Brian Ashbridge ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Denis Carey ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Lynne Dorval ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Helen Ffrance ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Robert Dorning ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Eddie Gaillard ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Paul Hammond ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Tommy Linden ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Trisha Linova ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Anna Marinova ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Guy Massey ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
John Regan ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Peggy Sager ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Ruth Sendler ...
Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Hilda Gaunt ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neville Astor ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Edmond Audran ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Mark Baring ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Evans - Lord Oldham's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Michael Bayston ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Leonard Boucher ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Robin Burns ...
Mercury Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Anne Byatt ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Joy Camden ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Jack Carter ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Elizabeth Christie ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Michelle de Lys ...
Lady in Vicky's Dressing Room Before Premiere (uncredited)
Dancer (uncredited)
Peter Fisk ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Gladys Forrester ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Donato Forte ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
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)
Audience Member (uncredited)
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)
BBC Radio Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
Gladys Walton ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Elizabeth West ...
Lermontov's Secretary (uncredited)
Doorman - Covent Garden (uncredited)
Anne Woolliams ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)
Marnia Zarina ...
Corps de Ballet (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger

Written by

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

Music by

Brian Easdale

Cinematography by

Jack Cardiff ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Reginald Mills

Editorial Department

Noreen Ackland ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Bert Bates ... additional editing (uncredited)
Anne V. Coates ... second editor (uncredited)
Tony Haynes ... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Laurie Knight ... second assistant editor (uncredited)

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)
Peter Mullins ... scenic painter (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)
Eugene Hague ... composite photography: Technicolor (as E. Hague)
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)

Music Department

Ted Drake ... music recordist
Brian Easdale ... conductor / music arranger
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ... music played by
Thomas Beecham ... conductor: ballet music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Doreen Merriman ... continuity (as Doreen North)
Joanna Busby ... assistant continuity (uncredited)

Additional 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)
J. Arthur Rank ... presenter
John Seabourne Jr. ... liaison editor
Gwladys Jenks ... production assistant (uncredited)
Vivienne Knight ... publicist (uncredited)
Marjorie Mein ... production secretary (uncredited)
Terence Morgan II ... mask maker: monsters (uncredited)
Charles Orme ... production assistant (uncredited)
Comer Peter ... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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

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

Also Known As
  • Les chaussons rouges (France)
  • Las zapatillas rojas (Spain)
  • Hong wu xie (China, Mandarin title)
  • De röda skorna (Sweden)
  • Ta kokkina papoutsia (Greece)
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  • 135 min
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Budget GBP500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP13,336, 13 Dec 2009

Did You Know?

Trivia The title ballet sequence took six weeks to shoot and employed over 120 paintings by Hein Heckroth. The dancing newspaper was achieved through careful cutting and use of wires. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Screen Writer (1950). See more »
Soundtracks The Ballet of The Red Shoes See more »
Crazy Credits The end of the film finishes with 'Finis' instead of 'The End'. See more »
Quotes Boris Lermontov: Why do you want to dance?
[Vicky thinks for a short while]
Victoria Page: Why do you want to live?
[Lermontov is suprised at the answer]
Boris Lermontov: Well I don't know exactly why, er, but I must.
Victoria Page: That's my answer too.
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