in about 100 words or less
UK 133m, Colour
Directors: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger; Cast: Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook, Léonide Massine, Robert Helpmann, Albert Bassermann, Ludmilla Tchérina,
Loosely adapted from the story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, The Red Shoes is a cleverly written drama about a ballet dancer who is forced to choose between her love of dance and the love of her life. The film also features The Red Shoes ballet which is more closely adapted from Andersen’s original story. Set to original music, and performed against expressionist-styled backdrops, The Red Shoes is a spectacularly photographed and highly artistic production (Klaus Ming May 2014).
Beautiful dancing, not much in the way of the story. This is a wonderful film to look at, but I can’t say I cared much for the cobbled-together romance of it. The ballet, though, is pretty amazing.
I agree, the love story was a bit stretched. I think that they should have played up the jealousy angle a bit more, but still, it worked better than most vehicles for a dance film.