A quite stunning and rare bird, that triumphs on all levels: thematic and technical. The central cliche of the plucky ingenue is here transformed into a beautiful tradegy coloured and textured with the most wonderful and eccentric hues around notions of obsession, devotion and artistry. The Ballet of The Red Shoes alone is a masterpiece of expressionistic art if one recklessly ignored the superb structural story.
Nearly incomparable in terms of its aesthetic vision, particularly the astounding choreography. I so desperately wanted to be in that diegetic theatre for the first performance of The Red Shoes. If you can see this Technicolor marvel in 35mm, you're in for a treat.
The staging of the ballet sequence in the middle is simply marvelous with all its colors, lights, shadows and dreamlike moments: a triumph of cinematic fantasy over the somewhat simplistic melodramatic narration. And Léonide Massine's dancing the role of the shoemaker is also unforgettable.
89/100 - The Red Shoes (1948) takes filming theater to new heights by using cinematic techniques in its rendering of performed fantasy....
The infamous ballet scene is perhaps the greatest piece of storytelling ever put on screen. It takes music, editing, and ballet, uses them in conjunction, and produces something much larger than any of them could accomplish individually. The only reason I don't include this among my all time favorites is due to the adequate, but not stellar, romance which holds the whole story just shy of cinematic transcendence.
Oh, my... Holy sh...Shearer. 15 minute ballet sequence is the best thing I've ever seen.
30 yıldır boşuna film izlemişim. Kırmızı Pabuçlar'ı erken izlemiş olsaydım, sinema defterini o gün kapatırdım. Tüm sanatları bileştirmek... Ötesine ne gerek.
Really a validiction of cinema, because it marks a journey from reality, to ballet, to the culminating freedom of cinematic expression, via editing, camera movement, colour and art direction. Perhaps this is why Moira Shearer, so devoted to dancing, disliked the film and Powell. The Criterion Blu-ray of this is breathtaking!
Masterpiece. One of the all time greats and a film I watch more frequently as time passes. The amazing use of technicolor, Jack Cardiff's cinematography, the exqusite Moira Shearer, the great performance by Anton Walbrook are just several reasons to let this film envelop one again and again. Powell/Pressburger made some amazing films over a surprising short period and for my opinoin this one being their very best.