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Red Shoes, The (London 1948, Moira Shearer, Esmond Knight)

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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.

production details
UK | London Films | 133 minutes | 1948

Director: Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
Script: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Hans Christian Andersen,

cast
Marcel Poncin as M. Boudin
Irene Browne as Lady Neston
Bill Shine as Her Mate
Jerry Verno as Stage-Door Keeper
Esmond Knight as Livy
Moira Shearer as Victoria Page
Marius Goring as Julian Craster
Robert Helpmann as Ivan Boleslawsky
Adolf Wohlbrück as Boris Lermontov
Léonide Massine as Ljubov
Albert Bassermann as Ratov
Ludmilla Tchérina as Boronskaja
Jean Short as Terry
Gordon Littmann as Ike
Julia Lang as A Balletomane
Austin Trevor as Prof. Palmer
Eric Berry as Dimitri
Derek Elphinstone as Lord Oldham
Marie Rambert as Marie Rambert
Joy Rawlins as Gwladys – Vicky’s friend
Michel Bazalgette as M. Rideaut

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