The Red Shoes
Fledgling ballerina Victoria falls in love with brilliant composer Julian while they collaborate on a ballet that makes her a star. But overbearing company owner Boris, jealous of their love, fires Julian and forbids Victoria from performing.
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- This movie is
- 1949 BAFTA®
- Best British Film nominee
- 1949 Academy Award®
- Best Art Direction Color
- Best Music Score
- Best Picture nominee
- Best Film Editing nominee
- Best Writing nominee
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
This DVD is perfect -- an immaculate transfer (supervised by cinematographer Jack Cardiff) and every extra you could want. The extras enhance and celebrate this unique film. The film's original sketches are included, along with an interactive filmography of directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger that includes film clips and stills. Interviews with stars Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale and Martin Scorsese -- a lifelong fan of the film -- are also part of the package. Throw in selections from the novelization (as read by Jeremy Irons), production stills and the ubiquitous trailer, and you have a DVD that defines Special Edition.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this revered ballet drama ends with a rather romanticized suicide, a plunge into the path of a train (not explicitly shown, fortunately), a startling ending for a movie that has had universal appeal for ballerinas of all ages. There is the proposal that being a successful creative artist and having a "normal" happy personal life and family at the same time just isn't possible. Characters routinely smoke cigarettes. This is not to be confused, nosiree, with the Korean-made 2005 shocker The Red Shoes, which is a modern horror-film riff on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, or the highly erotic Red Shoe Diaries films/TV sex anthologies.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- One suicide attempt via train, mercifully hardly shown.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- The likeable and talented heroine's rush toward suicide at the end casts a shadow over the characterization, as does the unyielding possessiveness of the two men in her life that drives her to it (there is some old-fashioned sexism in the idea that the girl has so little control over her own life she has to end it). In a small subplot a music teacher steals a composition from a student and passes it off as his own.
- Names of actual ballets are reverently dropped (in European fashion, "Swan Lake" is referred to in its French title, "Lac des cygnes."
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Much cigarette smoking, a raucous party with festive drinking from an oversized wine bottle.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it