Friday, October 1, 2010

A movie I would love to see: The Red Shoes (1948)

The Red Shoes (1948) is a British feature film about ballet, written, directed and produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The movie is story within a story, about a young ballerina who joins an  ballet company and becomes the lead dancer in a new ballet called The Red Shoes, itself based on the fairy tale, "The Red Shoes" by Hans Christian Andersen. Cast: Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook and Marius Goring, Robert Helpmann, Léonide Massine and Ludmilla Tchérina, renowned dancers from the ballet world, as well as Esmond Knight and Albert Basserman. It has original music by Brian Easdale and cinematography by Jack Cardiff. Filmmakers Brian DePalma and Martin Scorsese have named it one of their all time favorite films.

Loosely based on the Andersen story, it was also said to have been inspired by the real-life meeting of Sergei Diaghilev with the British ballerina Diana Gould. Diaghilev asked her to join his company, but he died before she could do so. Diana Gould later became the second wife of Yehudi Menuhin.

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