This film is screening as part of the BFI’s “Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell & Pressburger” season, featuring events celebrating the work of Powell & Pressburger across the UK from October to December.
Synopsis: In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s visually ravishing masterpiece, a young ballerina is torn between the demands of love and art. Like the heroine of Hans Christian Andersen’s source fairytale, whose magic shoes compel her to dance, Victoria Page – played by real-life ballerina Moira Shearer – finds herself driven to breaking point by obsessive Russian impresario Lermontov (Anton Walbrook) when she’s cast in his ballet The Red Shoes.
With its captivating behind-the-scenes insight into the creative process, and characters for whom art is more important than life itself, the film has proved an inspiration to filmmakers and dancers alike. For writer-directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, it represented a triumphant attempt to create a ‘composed film’ in which music – here by Brian Easdale – plays a more central role, demanding similar expressive intensity in every detail of design and performance. Fittingly, it won Oscars for both art direction and music.
Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Genre: Drama, Dance
BBFC Age Rating: PG
Runtime: 135 minutes (followed by an in-person panel discussion)
Panelists: Melanie Williams, Nathalie Morris, Lillian Crawford
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With support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.