Monday, 23 June 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 188: Tue Jul 8

The Red Shoes (Powell & Pressburger, 1948): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.20pm


This film, which screens as part of the Gotta Dance! season at BFI Southbank, is also being shown on July 5th. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Trilby-based ballet film (1948) has been the cult property of dance freaks for far too long. A look beneath its lushly romantic surface reveals a dark, complex sensibility, and that surface, rendered in the somber tones of British Technicolor, reflects a fantastically rich cinematic inventiveness. Moira Shearer is the ballerina who, following the outlines of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, trades her life for her art; Anton Walbrook, as her impresario, is perhaps the most forceful embodiment of the shaman figures–magical, outsized, sinister–who haunt Powell and Pressburger's work. The Red Shoes remains the best known of Powell and Pressburger's 18 features, yet it's only the tip of the iceberg–beneath it lies the most commanding body of work in the British cinema. With Marius Goring and Robert Helpmann.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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