SIFF Says:"Few films have ever achieved the dazzling visual sumptuousness of THE RED SHOES, quite arguably Powell and Pressburger's masterpiece. Moira Shearer stars as Vicky Page, a young, unknown dancer who falls under the tutelage Boris Lermontov, the stern yet captivating impresario of his own dance company. He soon realizes her potential after seeing her dance Swan Lake, and begins to groom her for the position of prima ballerina. In turn, Lermontov crafts a new ballet for her to star, The Red Shoes, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, and employs Julian Craster, a brilliant young composer, to write the score. At first, dancer and composer conflict with one another before falling in love as the premiere approaches, a situation further complicated by Lermontov's own emerging feelings for his star. A film that demands to be experienced on a cinema-sized screen, it perfectly embodies Powell and Pressburger's ideal for a “composed film,” in which dance, drama, surrealistic design, and painterly color merge into a gorgeous whole. Print courtesy of The Film Foundation Conservation Collection at the Academy Film Archive."
A young ballerina takes on a Hans Christian Andersen fable, only to see it boomerang back into her own life. A favorite of Scorsese, this may just be the greatest film from the Powell-Pressburger team, which is saying quite a bit. Almost indecently lovely, with Technicolors that pulse off of the screen. You’ve gotta see this in a theater. (ANDREW WRIGHT)
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