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Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

United Kingdom 1948 133 mins.

One of the masterpieces of British and musical, cinema, Powell and Pressburger’s backstage love story is a rhapsody of color, drama, and dance. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, the script was originally commissioned by Alexander Korda for wife Merle Oberon, but Powell bought the script back and gave unknown dancer Moira Shearer the opportunity for her remarkable screen debut as Victoria, the ballerina torn between love and art. A new dance, “The Ballet of the Red Shoes,” mirrors the turmoil in her life. Winner of Academy Awards for Best Art Direction, Set Direction, and Music, and nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Film, Jack Cardiff’s brilliantly evocative color cinematography captures the exotic blend of music and flowing imagery with enduring power.  

Genres: Drama, Musical

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