The Red Shoes

Monday, August 5th, at 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 6th, at 1:00pm

Here is a box office phenomenon that has shocked the movie industry year after year as it becomes more legendary. The British Film Institute named it the Best British film of all time and, with its initial release in the United States, it ran for two years in a single theater in New York City, inspiring a cult of worshippers to return and see it over and over. This very rare screening again proves that it is one of the most beautiful color movies of all time—with great photography by the legendary Jack Cardiff. Starring the fiery red-headed ballerina Moria Shearer, it is about obsessive love, as the heroine’s dance career clashes with her personal life. She, fatefully, is appearing in a ballet in which the red shoes have been cursed and she must dance until she dies. Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg headed an effort to restore the film to its original glory and, as a result, it was again premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2009. Nominated for five Academy Awards, it won for its score and for its art direction, receiving other nominations for Best Picture, Script, and Editing. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger. (1948, 134 mins)