Digital Restoration: The Red Shoes

  • Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger /
  • 1948 /
  • 133 mins

Marius Goring, Jean Short, Gordon Littmann, Julia Lang, Bill Shine, Léonide Massine / Fiction

The first chance to see a brand new 35mm print of one the most beautiful films of all time.

Please note you can purchase a ticket for this event through the The Red Shoes & Digital Restoration: Panel Discussion page. 

Purchasing a ticket for this event covers both the screening and panel.

Written and produced by Emeric Pressburger and directed by Michael Powell, this 1948 classic is a unique achievement: a lush, intense fable of self-sacrifice in the name of art and love, with visuals of hallucinatory beauty. The story is loosely based upon Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale about a girl whose red shoes dance her on and on even when she’s exhausted; but Pressburger’s script spins the fable into a beautiful meditation on the mutually exclusive demands of unstoppable artistic drive and obsessive romantic love. Moira Shearer is absolutely dazzling as Vicky, a dancer torn between an authoritarian teacher who loves her work (Anton Walbrook), and a young composer who just loves her (Marius Goring). The former cannot allow her a personal life; the latter can’t make room for her devotion to her art. Caught in the middle, the vivacious Vicky faces impossible choices from which neither her charm nor her talent can save her. Always recognized as one of the most beautiful films of all time, and a key work by the recently deceased master of cinematography Jack Cardiff, The Red Shoes has now undergone a painstaking digital restoration over 18 months, the spectacular results of which can be seen here on a brand new 35mm print.

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