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Dancer Robert Helpmann performing with ballerina Moira Shearer
Dancer Robert Helpmann performing with ballerina Moira Shearer

Thumbnail for The Red Shoes (1948) The Red Shoes (1948)

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Category: Drama, Music/Musical, RomanceNotable as: Musical Drama, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Romance Film, Music, Musical, Drama, Musical DramaNarrative location: ParisRuntime: 128 - 136 minutesLanguage: English, French, RussianCountry: United KingdomFilming location: Monaco, ParisDirector: Emeric Pressburger, Michael PowellScreenwriter: Hans Christian Andersen, Emeric Pressburger, Michael PowellMusic: Brian EasdaleCinematography: Jack CardiffStars: Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Robert Helpmann, Marius Goring, Ludmilla Tchérina, Léonide Massine, Albert Bassermann, Jean Short, Gordon Littmann Producer: Emeric Pressburger, Michael PowellAwards won: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score (Brian Easdale)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Reginald Mills)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Story (Emeric Pressburger)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Red Shoes is a British feature film about a ballet dancer, written, directed and produced by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, known collectively as The Archers. The movie employs the story within a story device, being about a young ballerina who joins an established 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. The film stars Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook and Marius Goring and features Robert Helpmann, Léonide Massine and Ludmilla Tchérina, renowned dancers from the ballet world, as well as Esmond Knight and Albert Bassermann. It has original music by Brian Easdale and cinematography by Jack Cardiff, and is well regarded for its creative use of Technicolor. Filmmakers such as Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese have named it one of their all time favourite films. Although 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.

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