The Red Shoes
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
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The Red Shoes, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring outstanding performances, blazingly beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Oscar-winning sets and music, and an unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence, this beloved classic, now dazzlingly restored, stands as an enthralling tribute to the life of the artist.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 48
- Fresh: 47
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 9.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: We must be contented with repeating that The Red Shoes is one you must see.
Fresh: The three principal dancers, Moira Shearer, Leonide Massine and Robert Helpmann, are beyond criticism.
Fresh: No wonder Britain, still rationed in color, food, and feeling in the wake of an exhausting war, could not cope with what the movie proposed. Catch it here now, and you will not just be seeing an old film made new; you will have your vision restored.
Fresh: The Red Shoes was shot in three-strip Technicolor, a process that's no longer used because of expense and technical complexity, but one that yielded some of the most spectacular images in cinema history.
The Red Shoes: a stunning piece of art
This film is beyond beautiful. The cinematography, styling, rich colors, music composition, and phenomenal acting literally took my breath away. I feel that any one who appreciates film, dance, music, acting, or life itself, should take the time to watch this incredible masterpiece.
classic in every sense of the word
I feel that only a very few films are worth the experience, storage space, and premium cost of HD. The Red Shoes is one of those few. Just see it.