The Red Shoes
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Can a film be bad if it is centered around a crazy ballerina? Of course not!
So with P and P you can always be sure of an absolutely beautiful movie. Even that screen shot above is gorgeous; I always feel like I am seeing color for the first time when I watch one of their movies. However, I have been pretty bored with their story lines so far. This movie is the exception.
The film centers on Moira Shearer (one of the most underrated actresses by far) who becomes absolutely obsessed with ballet, neglecting her personal life along the way. I have never actually been to the ballet, though it is on my bucket list. Watching her dance was fascinating so if this movie is any indication, I will love it.
Anyway, much like in Black Swan, her life begins to follow the storyline of the ballet she is performing and everything goes to hell.
A movie about ballet that is over two hours sounds like a bore but it is actually probably one of the visually arresting, emotional movies you will ever see.
Moira Shearer said doing this movie was a horrible ordeal and that Powell was an ass (well, those are my words).
Ludovic Kennedy knew he wanted to marry Moira as soon as she arrived on set.
Went majorly over budget.