The Red Shoes

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.  

Appears in: Special Screenings

Genres: Drama, Musical

Other Films by Michael Powell

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The Tales of Hoffmann

Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and the British Film Archive teamed up for this dazzling digital restoration of one of the masterpieces of British, and musical, cinema. In many ways an artistic companion piece to The Red Shoes, Powell and Pressburger’s adaptation of French composer Jacques Offenbach’s 1881 opera tells the tale of a melancholy poet

Other Films by Emeric Pressburger

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The Tales of Hoffmann

Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and the British Film Archive teamed up for this dazzling digital restoration of one of the masterpieces of British, and musical, cinema. In many ways an artistic companion piece to The Red Shoes, Powell and Pressburger’s adaptation of French composer Jacques Offenbach’s 1881 opera tells the tale of a melancholy poet