Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Red Shoes (1948)

Another great film from the writing, producing, and directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. This is a riveting, visually inventive melodrama set in the world of ballet. The dance sequences are stunning, the three-strip Technicolor amazing. Moira Shearer, who did very little film acting, is perfect as the lead. I was lucky to see this on the big screen at The Brattle Theater. It's a recently restored print, the restoration overseen by Powell and Pressburger fanatic Martin Scorsese.

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