Monday, September 5, 2011

The Red Shoes (1948)

I'm surprised about how many awesome ballet movies there are out there. I've seen a couple of twisted ballet films: Black Swan (2010) and Suspiria (1977). The Red Shoes is not nearly as disturbing as either of these two films, but it does contain the element of determined dancer who is possessed by the thought of becoming the perfect ballerina protege. In fact, it's much more similar to Black Swan than I was expecting it to be. Not to the extent where I was freaked out by what I was watching, but the amount of devotion to the dance that both of the main characters exhibit is frightening similar.

The Red Shoes is about an amazingly gifted ballerina, Victoria Page. She loves the art of ballet and is entirely devoted to perfecting her technique in order to become the best in the business. Boris Lermontov, the overbearing director of the ballet company, recognizes her potential and is intent on pushing her to be the best prima ballerina ever. Everything seems to be working out perfectly, but life changes once Vicky falls in love with the brilliant music composer, Julian Craster. Boris is excruciatingly jealous of and against the love affair and decides that he will do anything to end the romance. As a result, Vicky is torn between her two loves, ballet and Julian.

This film is so pretty. The colors are vibrant and the dance scenes are absolutely beautiful to watch. Even if you're not a big fan of ballet, I'm sure that you will be able to recognize the true beauty of it if you watch this film. The scenes are that glorious.

My favorite scene, besides the Red Shoes scene, in this film is the Swan Dance scene. I've always loved that song and the ballet dancing that goes along with it. It's powerful and it's lovely.


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