The Red Shoes

This is a 1948 British film about the director of a ballet company, a story by Hans Christian Anderson, a rather good ballet dancer, and a rather good composer.

The acting is all chipper British acting, quite refreshing and awfully damn good. Rather! The actor playing the ballet company director, a German chap, was especially good. The actress playing the lead ballet dancer was also brillo as not only was she a very charming actress, but she was also an accomplished ballet dancer.

Some of the cast were first and foremost ballet people such as a Russian fellow, who was probably just playing himself for the most part, all very flamboyant and he did everything with flair.

The story was based on The Red Shoes, a Hans Christian Anderson tale about a girl who puts on cursed red shoes and gets the dance boogie fever. Actually, talking about boogie fever, this film would have been a great remake in the 70’s. John Travolta could be the guy played by the Russian, Cindy from CHiPs the ballet dancer, The Heston as the ballet director, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, Don Cheadle, and Kate Bush somewhere in there too. And all set to music from the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Chic, E.L.O., and Boney M. Dang! That would be something to see. The 2010’s version would suck.

Anyways, I enjoyed this even though I am not a fan of people dancing around on tippy-toes and waving their arms and spinning a lot. The acting was brillo, the sets very well done, and at times it got rather trippy. All good fun.

Date watched: September 4th
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2015: 115

If only trailers were still made like this…

Here is Kate Bush’s interpretation, inspired by this film. Good ol’ Kate.

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