The Red Shoes

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Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Red Shoes follows talented ballerina Vicky Page (the luminous Moira Shearer), as she is ever more tightly caught between romantic love and her passion for dance.

Central to the film is a transcription of the original ballet, which transforms from an onstage performance to a darkly surreal exploration of Vicky’s innermost desires. On a knife-edge of innocence and eroticism, the film mercilessly tracks her struggles with self-identity, caught between two conflicting relationships.

Part of the DARE international film series, in association with the University of Leeds.

A film that plumbs the dark recesses of all our imaginations: dangerous, glorious, absurd, vivid and terrifying by turns
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Dir. Michael Powell
& Emeric Pressburger,
UK 1948, 133 mins.
Cert U.


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