The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes (1948)

The tale of a famous ballerina who must choose between art and love.

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 6, 1948
DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

A lingering, calf-eyed look at backstage ballet's little world of overworked egos and underdone glands.

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Jonathan F. Richards

The shoes have never been redder. The color of passion that drenches the Technicolor world of The Red Shoes has been restored to its original luster.

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George Campbell Dixon
Daily Telegraph (UK)

These faults, if faults they be, may well be outweighed by the beauty of the ballet sequences and music, by the skill with which Mr Powell always uses colour, and by Miss Shearer's endearing charm.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The Red Shoes was shot in three-strip Technicolor, a process that's no longer used because of expense and technical complexity, but one that yielded some of the most spectacular images in cinema history.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

No wonder Britain, still rationed in color, food, and feeling in the wake of an exhausting war, could not cope with what the movie proposed. Catch it here now, and you will not just be seeing an old film made new; you will have your vision restored.

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Frances Morgan
Electric Sheep

To isolate any one element of The Red Shoes is to miss its unique ability to convey a kind of total effect similar to that brought about by dream, or music, or memory.

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Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly

The greatest film about ballet ever made.

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

Blending impressionist art and expressionist film, blurring the barriers between theatre and cinema, body and camera, reality and dream, drawing equally on the avant-garde and the classical.

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Stephen Dalton
Times (UK)

Incorporating echoes of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale that gives the film its name, Powell and Pressburger include visionary flashes of surrealism and magic realism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Walbrook and Shearer are absolutely fantastic in this dazzling visual spectacle that boasts an astounding art direction and cinematography in Technicolor - and… More
Reid Volk
Having a shortage of respect for ballet and mesmerizing filmmaking? Watch this fantastic film immediately and it will change your mind on both issues.… More
Bathsheba Monk
Anybody who ever tried to have a normal life while trying to be an artist will relate. Can you do it? Is it possible? Even if you're not an artist, you… More
Jonathan Hutchings
An absolute awe-inspiring triumph. The Red Shoes is one of few films that genuinely obsesses over art as vocation, art as religion, and art as the purpose of… More
Randy Tippy
Powell and Pressburger's spectacle of color, choreography and catastrophe makes <i>Black Swan</i> look like an ugly duckling.
Spencer S.
True beauty on and off the stage. If Michael Powell had not been so ingrained in the process of making this film, I do not believe it would have been as… More

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