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The melodramatic plot, metaphorically acted out in the "Red Shoes Ballet" then re-enacted for real by the main characters, presents Great Art as something worth dying for, and, in the person of Anton Walbrook's Lermontov, gives us a portrait of the artist as a man for whom anything and everything is worth sacrificing in its pursuit. Loosely based on Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballets Russes, Walbrook's magnetic central performance is of sufficient stature to conceal the rather trite predicament of his ballerina protégée, and the film's contrived, over-the-top tragic ending.
On the DVD: Sadly for a film in which music is such a central element, the advertised digital remastering doesn't seem to have extended to the mono soundtrack, which shows its age quite badly. The colour print, however, looks very vibrant. This special edition also includes a new 25-minute "making-of" feature with a few comments from crew members (or their relatives) and admirers of the film, including ballerina Darcey Bussell. "The Ballet of the Red Shoes" can be seen on its own in a separate featurette, and there are text biographies and a trailer.--Mark Walker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For its time (released in 1948), a technically brilliant and life-affirming film (the ballet sequences are truly incredible) that tackles a range of themes: and especially concepts... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Maria Lee
really enjoyed watching this with nostalger I last watch it 68years ago, my Grandmother took me to see it in great Yarmouth.Published 1 month ago by maddie
An excellent restoration of a fantastic film. I first watched this as a young teenager and was completely caught up in the romantic plot and the beauty of the ballet. Read morePublished 1 month ago by London Student
truly wonderful film,but does this restoration Blu-Ray have the same content, i.e.the second performance of the Red shoes without Moira Shearer, as the cinema release of 4 years... Read morePublished 2 months ago by palex
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