Michael Powell

THE RED SHOES know where they are going

Article: THE RED SHOES know where they are going

A gorgeous new print of THE RED SHOES (1948) is having a two week run at the Film Forum, thanks to Martin Scorsese’s longtime passion for the film. Written, directed and produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the story follows a young ballerina as she struggles to balance her obsession for dancing with her love life, ultimately leading to her downfall. The famous exchange early in the film between the ballerina Victoria Page (played by Moira Shearer) and the ballet company impresario Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook) is hard to forget. “Why do you want to dance?” he asks. “Why do you want to live?” she fires back.