Technicolor never looked to awe-inspiringly gorgeous as it does in the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The color pallet is truly beautiful and is visually unlike anything. The Red Shoes sequence in particular is astounding in it's vision and beauty, with technological brilliance and cinematic magic that is simply amazing. It is also as good a portrayal of artistic obsession and drive as I've seen.
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 dancing the role of the shoemaker is also unforgettable.
A technicolour marvel that's as sumptuous today as it was in 1948. There's such majesty and beauty to be found throughout the film, but the central sequence of The Red Story ballet is a dazzingly joy of filmmaking. Reality and fantasy seamlessly switch leaving us pondering how much is Vicky's inner turmoil. Powell an Pressburger's films always innovate, but The Red Shoes is a truly wonderful experience.
Sublime. Compelling characters, compelling plot, superbly executed. I didn't think it was flawless -- Craster was supposed to be a young student but looked about 40, and the ending seemed a bit forced. But you can't deny that this is a work of art, a master class in film making.
Beautiful Powell/Pressburger masterpiece about artistic integrity and ambition and how personal happiness can conflict with it. Central ballet sequence takes us beyond the literal realisation of the dance to what the audience feels it to be. Genius!