Film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger which created a huge popular interest in ballet around the world when it was first shown in 1948. It stars Moira Shearer (who was then dancer with the Royal Ballet) and is a dramatic portrait of the backstage life and loves of a ballet company that was roughly modelled on Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. The extended ballet sequence which forms part of the film is based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale ‘The Red Shoes’ and was choreographed by Robert Helpmann. The 1993 Broadway musical based on the film was a flop, although the ballet sequence, choreographed by Lar Lubovitch, was taken into the repertoire of American Ballet Theatre.
Subjects: Music — Dance.