The Red Shoes (1948)

The Red Shoes (1948)

The Red Shoes (1948)

  • Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
  • Starring Moira Shearer, Marius Goring,Robert Helpmann, Leonide Massine, Anton Walbrook, Gordon Littmann, Julia Lang
  • UK | 135mins | 1948 | rated (U)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 2h 15m

Powell and Pressburger’s rapturous Technicolour fairy-tale about the power of art over life finally arrives at the Odyssey.

Life in drab post-war Britain is briefly enlivened by a world-class ballet troupe, and dancer Vicky (Moira Shearer) is determined to join - even when its director demands absolute loyalty from her. Her passion and skill prove perfect for their biggest triumph yet, The Red Shoes, about a girl who dances herself to death - but as she falls for the troupe’s composer, and Lermontov makes no allowance for it, the ballet becomes all too powerful.

British filmmaking powerhouse The Archers had their greatest hit with this film, and it shows: impeccable performances, luscious visuals and music, and nuanced yet romantic writing combine for a layered, symphonic paean to the arts, even as they threaten to consume everything.