The Red Shoes

Released 1948

Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

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  • The Red Shoes is a 1948 movie by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, adapted from the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The film follows aspiring ballerina Vicky Page (Shearer) who joins an established ballet company and rises through the ranks. Company owner Boris (Anton Walbrook) promotes Vicky to Prima Ballerina after the previous Prima Ballerina (Ludmilla Tch''rina) gets married. Vicky takes the central role in the company's new ballet "The Red Shoes", itself based on another Andersen tale. Vicky meets and falls in love with music composer Julian (Marius Goring). Jealous of the couple, Boris forbids Vicky from performing and fires Julian from the company. Julian goes on to find tremendous success, but Vicky still yearns to return to her dancing roots. She leaves her new life with Julian in London when Boris offers her the chance to return and dance in a revival of "The Red Shoes". Julian appears just before she is to dance again and Vicky is forced to make a devastating choice; carry on with her performance or leave with Julian once again. When she cannot decide between her love of dancing or the love of her life, Julian leaves for the train station. Vicky, about to perform and now wearing her red shoes, suddenly runs out of the theater, compelled to throw herself off a balcony in front of an oncoming train. Mirroring the events of the original story, Vicky asks Julian to remove her red shoes. Shocked by her sudden death, Boris announces that Vicky will be unable to dance and the show carries on, with a spotlight shining on the empty place where Vicky should be.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Esmond Knight

    Livy

  • Marius Goring

  • Robert Helpmann

  • Anton Walbrook

  • Bill Shine

    Her Mate

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