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Submitted by Roger Mellor

The Red Shoes (1948)
"Radio Times" film guide

Director - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Screenplay - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Producers - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Starring - Jean Short [or so it says in the guide]
Running Time - 127 mins
Country of Origin - UK

Moira Shearer stars as the ballerina whose life is torn between a career with a manipulative impresario (Anton Walbrook) and marriage to a young composer (Marius Goring). Based vaguely on the story of Sergei Diaghilev and Waslaw Nijinsky [vaguely], The Red Shoes is arguably the best-loved dance film of all time, enabling the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger to ponder the power and nature of art and fantasy with some extravagant, exuberant dance sequences and a riot of Oscar-winning Technicolor designs. The performances from debutant Shearer and Walbrook as the man filled with self-hate, are impeccable icons of innocence and tragedy at the service of art. Martin Scorsese often cites this as his all-time favourite movie [when he's not citing ToH or even The Searchers] .

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