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The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

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This Oscar®-winning fantasia from the geniuses behind Black Narcissus is one of the true miracles in the history of cinema. Moira Shearer shines as a rising ballerina torn between love for an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on artistic perfection.

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This Oscar®-winning fantasia from the geniuses behind Black Narcissus is one of the true miracles in the history of cinema. Moira Shearer shines as a rising ballerina torn between love for an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on artistic perfection.

. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's influential musical tragedy set the stage for the climactic dance ballets that became a staple of the Arthur Freed-MGM musicals An American in Paris, Singin' in the Rain and The Band Wagon of the early 1950s. Hans Christian Andersen's tragic fairy tale forms the basis of this film about betrayal, love and art. The story begins as struggling composer Julian Craster Marius Goring attends a performance of the Lermontov Ballet Company and recognizes his own score in the production of "Hearts of Fire." Julian protests to ballet company director Boris Lermontov Anton Walbrook about the unauthorized use of his music. Impressed by Julian's talent, Boris hires him to compose the score for his next ballet -- a dance version of "The Red Shoes." Boris also hires an attractive young dancer, Victoria Page Moira Shearer, to perform in the ballet. When the lead ballerina announces that she plans to get married, Boris, in a pique over being abandoned, casts Victoria in the starring role. As Julian works on the score and Victoria struggles to perfect her dance technique, the two fall in love. When "The Red Shoes" ballet is premiered - - seen in a stunning and glorious fifteen-minute sequence -- it is a raging success and it makes Victoria a star. But when Boris learns that Julian and Victoria have fallen in love, Boris, who is secretly in love with Victoria, in a fit of rage forces Julian to leave the ballet company; Victoria leaves with him. Since Boris owns the rights to "The Red Shoes" ballet, he forbids Victoria to perform the dance and she becomes unemployable. Time passes and Julian and Victoria are now happily married. Julian's compositions have made him an international success. One day, with Victoria disembarking from a train in Paris, she meets Boris, who implores her to do one performance of "The Red Shoes" in Monaco. Victoria agrees as Julian cancels an engagement in London to travel to Monte Carlo in order to convince his wife not to perform the ballet. But Victoria goes on with the performance, with tragic results.
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Format: DVD
Run Time: About 2 1/4 Hours
Region: Region 1
ISBN: 715515059411
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Had to own it!
This was a childhood memory. I had to own it. It's a classic.
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Review by Diane; MN (Posted on 12/20/2014)
Fantastic!
This is a true classic. An Oscar winning film and one of Moira Shearer's best! I truly loved it! Make some popcorn and prepare for a great evening of entertainment!
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Review by JC111; New York, NY, United States (Posted on 10/20/2014)

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