The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

Michael Powell (1948)

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In her film debut, Moira Shearer stars as the ballerina whose life is torn between a career with a manipulative impresario (Anton Walbrook) and marriage to a young composer (Marius Goring). Based vaguely on the story of Sergei Diaghilev and Waslaw Nijinsky, this is arguably the best-loved dance film of all time (Martin Scorsese often cites it as his all-time favourite movie), enabling the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger to ponder the power and nature of the subject matter with some extravagant, exuberant dance sequences and a riot of Oscar-winning Technicolor designs. Shearer and Walbrook give impeccable portrayals of innocence and tragedy at the service of art.


A budding prima ballerina is set to achieve her dream of stardom when she decides to leave her prestigious company to marry a composer - a decision that enrages her possessive mentor, who vows revenge. Powell and Pressburger's drama, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, starring Anton Walbrook, Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Robert Helpmann and Albert Basserman.

Cast & Crew

Boris Lermontov Anton Walbrook
Victoria Page Moira Shearer
Julian Craster Marius Goring
Grischa Ljubov Léonide Massine
Ivan Boleslawsky Robert Helpmann
Sergei Ratov Albert Basserman
Livy Esmond Knight
Irina Boronskaja Ludmilla Tcherina
Terry Jean Short
Ike Gordon Littman
Professor Palmer Austin Trevor
Dimitri Eric Berry
Lady Neston Irene Browne
Stage-door keeper Jerry Verno
Lord Oldham Derek Elphinstone
Monsieur Boudin Marcel Poncin
Monsieur Rideaut Michel Bazalgette
Boisson Hay Petrie
Director Michael Powell
Director Emeric Pressburger
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Dec 2009