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The Red Shoes

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger | 1948 | 135 MINS
UK
Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell & Pressburger

Our Powell and Pressburger focus continues with this story of a young ballet dancer who is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

In Detail

In this classic drama, Vicky Page (Moira Shearer) is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love.

While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook), urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster (Marius Goring).

Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences. ‘The Red Shoes’ is the greatest film about ballet ever made, blending multiple moods and styles with balletic grace.

It is also one of the best-looking movies ever made, with unequalled Technicolor photography from Jack Cardiff.

Screening as part of Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.
See also:
I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING
POWELL & PRESSBURGER TALK
BLACK NARCISSUS

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