Robin Ashenden

The dazzling classic The Red Shoes has several unfashionable lessons for us today

The re-release of Powell and Pressburger's celebrated movie, which takes for granted that nothing matters more than art, couldn't be more timely

Moira Shearer as Victoria Page in The Red Shoes. Credit: ITV Global Entertainment Park Circus photo by BaroN

The Red Shoes, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 film about a ballet and its company, is 75 this month, and its birthday is being marked with great fanfare. From October to December, the BFI is putting on a major retrospective of the films of Powell and Pressburger, with an accompanying exhibition and nationwide screenings of The Red Shoes itself.

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