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The Red Shoes
Picture Show: August 21st 1948
In the Coming Shortly notices inside the front cover

Red Shoes (written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger). Archers - G.F.D.

An enchantingly lovely film; one that can be seen again and again. Over two hours of sheer delight is what is offered cinemagoers in truly glorious Technicolor.

This is the poetry of motion beautifully and skilfully photographed. There is one scene where the ballerina dances with a torn sheet of newspaper that comes to life, which is a miracle of ingenuity as well as lovely to watch.

There is a story, slight but enough to hold your attention, while hoping that the inevitable tragedy of the ending may be averted.

Victoria Page is gifted with the art of dancing. It is her life, and her success is presumably assured when she falls in love with a man equally gifted as she is, with the art of music; a happy combination. But art is a hard taskmaster, demanding a life's devotion. She must make her choice between love and her art. This is the tragedy that enters into Victoria's career and can only end with life itself. Nothing has been spared to make this picture epoch making for lovers of the ballet. In addition to Moira Shearer as the ballerina we have the dancing of Robert Helpmann and Leonide Massine.

Moira Shearer, the famous ballerina, makes her screen debut in "Red Shoes."
In this scene from the film we see her with Marius Goring and Anton Walbrook.

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