The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

classified U

All the Stage's a World


Please note: This was screened in Jan 2019

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer
135 mins, 1948, UK
Primary language

"Oh! I love this film with a passion. It explores the fairytale, the glamour and the agony of a world devoted to dance. The cinematography is second to none - and the colour is so intense it makes me want to dribble! It’s a far cry from my own version of The Red Shoes but I will always feel a kinship with the extraordinary and inspirational Powell and Pressburger" - Emma Rice, Artistic Director, Wise Children

Moira Shearer’s ballerina is torn between love and her career in Powell and Pressburger’s hugely influential, visually ravishing melodrama.

Moira Shearer stars as Vicky, a ballerina torn between her love for her husband and the strenuous demands of her art. The extraordinary 15-minute performance of the Red Shoes ballet at the film’s climax is one of the most famous sequences in British cinema.