1948 ***** 134 mins.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes is beyond brilliant. It's a masterpiece that's inspired many filmmakers, and it continues to inspire to this day. The story unfolds magically, and the chracters become richer as the story unfolds. The film is full of absorbing artistry and unforgettable imagery. The film centers around the world of ballet, and the conflicts of those involved. Some view it as a hobby or a job, while others view it as a lifestyle (or a "religion"). The central ballet of the title is an exceptionally beautiful segment in the film. On a personal note, I love this film so much that I bought the 2010 Criterion re-release DVD for my son for his first birthday. I wanted this to be the first film he ever owned.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Written and Directed by
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger