Saturday, August 25, 2012
Re-watching "The Red Shoes" (1948) has just reinforced my desire to see any ballet as soon as practicable. I will find a way!
This movie is simply beautiful. Moira Shearer plays ballerina Victoria Page, who joins a ballet company run by Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook) and eventually becomes their star performer.
Conflicts arise between her all consuming need to dance and her love for brilliant composer, Julian Craster (Marius Goring), with tragic results.
This movie was written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the cinematography was by Jack Cardiff. This incredibly talented team was also responsible for "Black Narcissus"which I raved about a couple of weeks ago.
Robert Helpmann, who plays the lead male dancer in the Ballet Lermontov, choreographed the ballet in "The Red Shoes".
Stunning in every way.