THE RED SHOES

Legal Download: Dance on demand

Legal Download: Dance on demand

The world of film is changing. For one thing, there’s not much actual film anymore. The future is digital; more and more, it’s streaming on our computers, too. Every week in Legal Download, we survey the landscape online movies to bring you a snapshot of what’s available. This week, the column reaches a turning point (though not THE TURNING POINT, since it’s not for rent or sale online) as we watch dance on film.


Film is a perfect compliment to dance because, like film, dance is a medium of pure visual expression. No words needed, no descriptions or dialogue spoken, just movement, gestures, and emotions. Whether it’s ballet or modern or — God help us — breakdancing, dance is a language as universal and as timeless as film. And now, in the immortal words of Gene Kelly, gotta dance, gotta dance, gotta dance (gotta dance).

THE RED SHOES know where they are going

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.