The Red Shoes, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring outstanding performances, blazingly beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Oscar-winning sets and music, and an unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence, this beloved classic, now dazzlingly restored, stands as an enthralling tribute to the life of the artist.
Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie, featuringinterviews with stars Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, cinematographer Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale, and filmmaker Martin Scorsese
Introductory restoration demonstration with Scorsese
Profile of “The Red Shoes” (2000), a twenty-five-minute documentary
Video interview with Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, Michael Powell’s widow
Gallery from Scorsese’s collection of The Red Shoes memorabilia
The “Red Shoes” Sketches, an animated film made from Hein Heckroth’s painted storyboards
Readings by actor Jeremy Irons of excerpts from Powell and Pressburger’s novelization of The Red Shoes and the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale