Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s beloved film The Red Shoes follows the story of the love affair of a recently discovered dancer (Moira Shearer) and a composer (Marius Goring) in the world-renowned Lemertov Ballet Company.
Famed impresario Lemertov (Anton Walbrook) casts his newest discovery Victoria Page (Shearer) in a telling of the Hans Christian Anderson story The Red Shoes, but grows jealous when the dancer has an affair with Julian, the company’s composer. The Red Shoes was noted for its amazing 16 minute middle section, which fully played out the ballet of the title.
The Red Shoes was unique in its use of ballerinas and dancers, not trained actors, as the leads in the film. This included famed Russian choreographer Leonide Massine as Grischa Ljubov, one of his few screen acting appearances.
Academy Awards: Best Score, Best Art Direction; nominated for Best Picture.
Cast: Marius Goring, Leonide Massine, Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook
Writers, Producers and Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Director of Photography: Jack Cardiff
Editor: Reginald Mills
Composer: Brian Easdale
Art Directors: Hein Heckroth, Arthur Lawson
UK / London Films / 133 minutes / 1948