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.
The production values and entire look of the film feel very theatrical and carefully put together. Moira Shearer did dance wonderfully. However, to me, the plot wasn't engaging enough and the characters seemed very one-dimensional. I thought the ending was a bit silly: how was she even whole and speaking?
The film is about the life of the artist, with ballet used as a wider allegory for cinema itself. the colour is so beautiful and one feels this film has had a wider influence than just black swan. the performances are wonderful. and this is simple, yet genius. this is powell and pressburger at their very best. Loved it.