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Paul Jensen

THE RED SHOES (1948) 5 stars

The always inventive Powell & Pressburger's greatest achievement. Glorious photography and passionate storytelling with a remarkable ballet sequence that still astonishes. The age-old dilemma of art versus love life has rarely been explored with such elegance and exuberance. The script is also surprisingly modern and expertly written. By blending both the art of cinema and dance, the Archers re-invent cinema and make a hybrid of two elaborate art forms. They never followed the rules and that's what makes their films last. Stellar performances also help this flawless film touch me on a profoundly deep level.


Genre: Drama
Director: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger