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Looneymanthegreat's Movie Reviews (125)

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Red Shoes, The (1948) 
Powell and Pressburger at their best
4/4 stars

Michael Powell and Emerich Pessburger have made some of the greatest films of all time, yet you have more then likely never heard of them before. I honestly don’t know why nobody cares about them. Everyone knows about Hitchcock and his string of thrillers, but I seem to be the only person who has heard of Powell and Pessburger.

The Red Shoes is one of there most famous works, and one of the few that have gotten an American DVD release outside of Criterion.

The film is about a young woman who aspires to become a great dancer. She finally makes it big with a man who owns a ballet company, and comes, after some convincing, to believe that the woman could truly be a great dancer.

The movie is a stark entertaining tall tale that warns of the danger, and rewards, that come with obsession, a theme that Powell and Pessburger explore in many of their films. I may not be a Ballet dancer, but I understand obsession (see number 16 of this list,) and how fulfilling it ca potentially be. It’s an important message that’s shot as if a dream, a dream that turns into a nightmare.


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