The Red Shoes

  • Fri Oct 18
  • Sun Oct 20
The Red Shoes
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Moira Shearer, Marius Goring

“Truly one of the most beautiful Technicolor films ever made!” according to Martin Scorsese, and clearly a film that influenced Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, this spectacularly restored print of The Red Shoes is a must see for older fans as well as new viewers who have never before experienced Powell and Pressburger’s masterpiece on the big screen. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of shoes that dance the wearer to death, the film features real-life ballerina Moira Shearer in a legendary (and original) 17-minute ballet of the title story. “The UCLA restoration does full justice to what has to be one of the most exquisite color films ever made, filled with the kinds of deep, vivid hues that will leave viewers literally gasping.” (Kenneth Turan, LA Times) “The secret of the film’s success was its atmosphere. Vividly, magically, the creative team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger recast the exotic myth of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in their own era. Yet at the same time, the movie’s surface glamour reflected the postwar disillusionment of a specifically European sensibility. The uneasy but colorful atmosphere, enhanced by surreal images in the ballet that is danced within the movie and based on Hans Christian Anderson’s tale of “The Red Shoes,” extends the melodramatic plot into an allegorical theme. Amid warring artistic obsessions, the heroine [is] literally consumed by her drive to dance.” (Anna Kisselgoff, NY Times) Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in Association with the BFI, The Film Foundation, ITV Global Entertainment Ltd., and Janus Films.

35mm color
2 hours 13 minutes
release year/country
1948 UK