The Red Shoes
U25 & Students
Disabled or Unwaged
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cast: Marius Goring, Moira Shearer
Duration: 135 mins
"★★★★★ – Profoundly serious, sublimely innocent, yet deeply and mysteriously erotic" – Guardian
"★★★★★ – This is arguably the best-loved dance film of all time" – Radio Times
"★★★★★ – It has a quicksilver grace and variation of mood unlike anything else you've seen" – Independent
"★★★★★ – a luminous masterpiece" – Empire
★★★★★ – Evening Standard
A young dancer is torn between the demands of love and art in Powell and Pressburger’s visually ravishing masterpiece, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s gruesome fairytale about a ballerina whose magic shoes compel her to dance continuously.
Victoria Page – played by real-life ballerina Moira Shearer – finds herself driven to breaking point by obsessive Russian impresario Lermontov (Anton Walbrook) when she’s cast in his ballet, The Red Shoes.
Screening as part of the major BFI season marking the most extensive celebration of Powell and Pressburger's work even undertaken, bringing a rich catalogue of their visually stunning and often-controversial films back to the big screen.