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The Red Shoes

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

 
The Red Shoes (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1948
  • 133 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • French, English
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  • Spine #44

The Red Shoes, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring outstanding performances, blazingly beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Oscar-winning sets and music, and an unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence, this beloved classic, now dazzlingly restored, stands as an enthralling tribute to the life of the artist.

Cast

Boris LermontovAnton Walbrook
Julian CrasterMarius Goring
Victoria PageMoira Shearer
Ivan BoleslawskyRobert Helpmann
LjubovLéonide Massine
RatovAlbert Basserman
BoronskajaLudmilla Tchérina
LivyEsmond Knight
Professor PalmerAustin Trevor
DimitriEric Berry
Lady NestonIrene Brown

Credits

DirectorMichael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Written, produced, and directed byMichael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Production designHein Heckroth
EditingReginald Mills
Music composed, arranged, and conducted byBrian Easdale
Art directionArthur Lawson
The "Ballet of the Red Shoes" choreography byRobert Helpmann
The part of the shoemaker created and danced byLéonide Massine
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted bySir Thomas Beecham
CinematographyJack Cardiff

Disc Features

  • New high-definition master from the award-winning 2009 digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introductory restoration demonstration with filmmaker Martin Scorsese
  • Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie, featuring interviews with stars Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, cinematographer Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale, and Scorsese
  • Profile of “The Red Shoes,” a documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team
  • Video interview with director Michael Powell’s widow, Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, in which she discusses Powell, the film, and the restoration
  • Audio recording of actor Jeremy Irons reading excerpts from Powell and Pressburger’s novelization of The Red Shoes
  • Collection of rare publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos
  • Gallery of items from Scorsese’s personal collection of The Red Shoes memorabilia
  • The “Red Shoes” Sketches, an animated film of Hein Heckroth’s painted storyboards, with the Red Shoes ballet as an alternate angle
  • Audio recording of Irons reading the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Red Shoes”
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic David Ehrenstein and a description of the restoration by UCLA film archivist Robert Gitt

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

The Red Shoes: Dancing for Your Life

By David EhrensteinJuly 20, 2010

“Why do you want to dance?”“Why do you want to live?”A question followed by another question . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Red Shoes

By Ian ChristieMay 24, 1999

Before The Red Shoes, there were films with dance numbers. After it, there was a new medium . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Ready for His Close-up

December 07, 2012


Photo Galleries

12 Great Parting Shots

July 16, 2012


Photo Galleries

Ready for Her Close-up

June 04, 2012


Photo Galleries


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On Jack Cardiff: An Interview with Cameraman director Craig McCall

May 13, 2011

Craig McCall’s labor of love documentary Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, a . . . Read more »


Video


Clippings

Celebrating Cardiff

January 19, 2011

British cinematographer Jack Cardiff, who passed away in 2009 at the age of ninety-four, was a . . . Read more »


Clippings

Two in Technicolor

January 11, 2011

Two critics recently have reminded their readers about a couple of Criterion’s most luscious . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Looking Back at 2010

December 22, 2010

Sight & Sound’s annual poll of the year’s best DVD (and Blu-ray) releases is out, and this . . . Read more »


News

Cardiff Documentary Opens

September 10, 2010

Starting today, Angelenos should dance their way over to the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre in West . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: The Red Shoes

August 04, 2010

The Red Shoes has rendered DVD Verdict critic Gordon Sullivan articulately inarticulate: “I . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Red Shoes: Dancing for Your Life

By David EhrensteinJuly 20, 2010

“Why do you want to dance?”“Why do you want to live?”A question followed by another question . . . Read more »


News

The BFI Celebrates Cardiff’s Career

May 05, 2010

Oscar-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff, whose ravishing Technicolor compositions graced . . . Read more »


Clippings

Movie Lines

December 17, 2009

<!--StartFragment--When thinking of a movie you’ve seen, what do you first recall? An actor . . . Read more »


Features

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Gothic Riots: The Work of Hein Heckroth

By Andrew MoorNovember 30, 2009

The following essay was originally written for Criterion’s website in 2005, on the occasion . . . Read more »


Clippings

Brand-New Shoes

July 22, 2009

We’ve previously written about the new digitally restored 35 mm print of Powell and . . . Read more »


Clippings

THE DANCE GOES ON

May 21, 2009

People just can’t get enough of The Red Shoes, judging by the buzz surrounding the new digital . . . Read more »


News

Michael and Marty

May 14, 2009

A new, restored print of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Red Shoes is premiering . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Red Shoes

By Ian ChristieMay 24, 1999

Before The Red Shoes, there were films with dance numbers. After it, there was a new medium . . . Read more »