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The Red Shoes

UK film school 1948 color 134 min.

Director: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
CAV: $124.95 - 3 discs, catalog # CC1401L

This glorious Technicolor epic influenced generations of filmmakers, artists, and aspiring ballerinas. The Red Shoes intricately weaves backstage life with the thrill of performance. A young ballerina (Moira Shearer) is torn between two forces: the composer who loves her (Marius Goring), and the impresario determined to fashion her into a great dancer (Anton Walbrook). One of the best-loved films of Powell and Pressburger's prolific partnership, this classic delights the senses with Brian Easdale's lush score, Jack Cardiff's stunning cinematography, and Hein Heckroth's expressionistic designs.

Special features:

  • Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie, featuring interviews with stars Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, director of photography Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale and Martin Scorsese.
  • Excerpts from Powell and Pressburger's novel The Red Shoes and the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Red Shoes" read aloud by Jeremy Irons
  • A collection of rare publicity and behind-the-scenes production stills
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Animated film of Hein Heckroth's storyboards
  • A Powell and Pressburger filmography with film clips and stills

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