The ultimate ballet film returns to the big screen digitally restored, having been championed by Martin Scorsese, for whom it was a great inspiration after he saw it as a child.  Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s sinister fairy tale, THE RED SHOES fuses glamour, back stage detail and stunning dance sequences into an audacious, intoxicating melodrama about the competing claims of life and art.

Introducing the young Scottish ballerina Moira Shearer whose flaming red hair becomes a dominant visual motif, and featuring legendary dancers and choreographers in performance, THE RED SHOES survived damning reviews and producer betrayal to take its place as a milestone in film history, profoundly shaping public perceptions of ballet.  Possibly Technicolor’s finest hour…

Showing in conjunction with the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education course, ‘Adaptation: From Page to Screen’, and introduced by course tutor Kiri Walden.

United Kingdom 2009, 136 mins (digitally restored version, original 1948)
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring:  Anton Walbrook, Moira Shearer, Marius Goring

Featuring:  Robert Helpmann, Léonide Massine and Ludmila Tchérina

Phoenix Picturehouse Screen 1, Sunday 3rd March 2.45pm

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