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THE RED SHOES

Movie Picture

Cannes Classics
Directed by :
Michael POWELL Emeric PRESSBURGER 
Country:
UNITED KINGDOM
Year:
1948
Duration:
136.00 minutes

Synopsis

This Powell and Pressburger classic is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made and winner of three Oscars. The Red Shoes contains the first full-length English ballet especially written for the screen. Choreographed by Australian-born Sir Robert Helpmann of the Royal Ballet Company, and partially conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, the story is based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of a young girl who cannot stop thinking about her red dancing shoes. Talented young dancer, Victoria Page comes to join the greatest ballet talent of the world in the famous Lermontov Company. Boris Lermontov knows she will be a great ballerina and demands iron discipline and complete dedication of her life. She reaches stardom in ‘The Red Shoes’ ballet, dancing to music by Julian Craster, the young composer whom Lermontov has patronised. Irresistibly, Vicky finds herself caught between two loves - the simple human passion that has brought her together with Julian, the musician, and the artistic devotion to the ballet and its jealous master, Lermontov. Their three lives are shaken by a torment that is echoed in the story of their new ballet. In her dancing fairy story of The Red Shoes and as her real self, Victoria is in danger of dancing to her death.


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