Wednesday, June 22, 2011

TOP 300 MOVIES OF ALL TIME: #243 " THE RED SHOES "

In 1948 the great and highly underrated Michael Powell released "The Red Shoes". It would be nominated for Best Picture and deservedly so. This is not my kind of film, but objectively this is a film that must be seen. Powell would go own to make another operatic film, "The Tales of Hoffman" a few years later with Moira Schearer again in the lead.
 
This is the story of a ballerina played by Schearer that driven to the point of madness by the director of the ballet, Anton Walbrook. Their relationship parallels the characters portrayed in the ballet so it's about life imitating art with tragic results. That about sums it up from my point of view but it is a visual tour de force and worthy of praise even if not your kind of film either.

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