Jul 10 2011
In 1948 public Britain produced a feature color film The Red Shoes about a ballet dancer. It is a “story within a story” movie. The outer story tells us about a talented young ballerina who joins a famous ballet company. She becomes the lead dancer in a new ballet called The Red Shoes. The inner story shows us an amazing ballet loosely based on the fairy tale The Red Shoes by H.C. Andersen. As in a fairy tale, a young woman desires to have a pair of red shoes in a store window. The demonic shoemaker offers them to a woman and she accepts unknowingly. But there is a terrible price to pay for this possession.
Why do you need to see it? Many reasons. The Red Shoes led to other films that treated ballet seriously. Even today The Red Shoes is considered a classic ballet movie of British cinema. It has original ballet music, brilliant cinematography, particularly its use of color.
The film stars famous Scottish ballerina Moira Shearer, actors Anton Walbrook and Marius Goring. It also features renowned dancers from the ballet world Robert Helpmann, Léonide Massine and Ludmilla Tchérina.
With the help of director Martin Scorsese The Red Shoes underwent a complete restoration. It took almost seven years but in the end the restoration work was completed. This restored version made its debut at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, followed soon after by a DVD and Blu-ray release as well as screenings at festivals around the world.