The Red Shoes

Drama | English | 133 minutes


Julian Craster, a young classical composer, convinces Boris Lermontov, the imperious impresario of the Ballet Lermontov, to have him compose the music for his next ballet. Lermontov, having seen Victoria “Vicky” Page perform in Swan Lake at the Mercury Theater is so impressed he offers her a role in his new production, The Ballet of the Red Shoes, with music composed by Julian. Vicky and Julian meet and fall in love. A disapproving Lermontov fires Julian. Vicky leaves the company as she and Julian marry and live in London. Sometime later, Lermontov tries to convince Vicky to return to the company and perform   in the revival of The Ballet of the Red Shoes.” Julian urges her not to accept the offer. Vicky is torn between her passion for her career and her love for Julian. 

Anton Walbrook (Boris Lermontov) / Moira Shearer (Victoria Page) / Marius Goring (Julian Craster)
Why Stream This Film?
In 2017, a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics forTime Out magazine ranked The Red Shoes as the 5th best British film ever made. Filmmakers Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Steven Spielberg named The Red Shoes as one of their all-time favorite films.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Hein Heckroth, Arthur Lawson); Nominated, Best Picture
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Original Score (Brian Easdale)
  • National Board of Review:  Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year 
Powell and Pressburger show how the surfaces of make-believe, the stage flats, the costumes, the sticky thin layers of pan makeup, are like the surface of Lewis Carroll’s looking-glass, through which the viewer is transported into a new world of amazement and occult horror.
Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

There has never been a film in which the ballet and its special magic world have been so beautifully and dreamily presented as the new British film, THE RED SHOES.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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