The Red Shoes (Criterion Collection)

The Red Shoes (Criterion Collection)

Criterion/Voyager (1948)
Drama, Music, Romance
UK | English | Color | 2h 13min
Special Edition
| 1 disc
Region 1, Region A
Keep Case
NR (Not Rated)

The Powell and Pressburger classic is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. Vicky Page, a young ballerina, becomes torn between her love for composer Julian Craster and artistic devotion to her profession, which is dominated by impresario Lermontov. Winner of two Academy Awards the film is visually one of the most innovative and beautiful works of cinema.

Cast View all

Marius Goring Julian Craster
Jean Short Terry
Gordon Littmann Ike
Julia Lang A Balletomane
Bill Shine Her Mate
Léonide Massine Ljubov
Anton Walbrook Boris Lermontov
Austin Trevor Professor Palmer
Esmond Knight Livy
Eric Berry Dimitri
Irene Browne Lady Neston
Moira Shearer Victoria Page
Ludmilla Tcherina Irina Boronskaja
Jerry Verno Stage-Door Keeper
Robert Helpmann Ivan Boleslawsky
Albert Bassermann Sergei Ratov
Derek Elphinstone Lord Oldham
Marie Rambert Madame Rambert
Joy Rawlins Gwladys / Vicky's friend
Marcel Poncin M. Boudin
Michel Bazalgette M. Rideaut
Yvonne Andre Vicky's Dresser
Hay Petrie Boisson
Alan Carter Solo Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes
Joan Harris Solo Dancer: The Ballet of The Red Shoes

Crew View all

Director Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
Writer Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Hans Christian Andersen, Keith Winter
Producer Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, George R. Busby
Photography Jack Cardiff
Musician Brian Easdale


Quantity 1
Seen it
Added Dec 25, 2015
Modified Mar 21, 2019


Christmas gift 2015 from Beth

Disc Features
New high-definition master from the award-winning 2009 digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Introductory restoration demonstration with filmmaker Martin Scorsese
Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie, featuring interviews with stars Marius Goring and Moira Shearer, cinematographer Jack Cardiff, composer Brian Easdale, and Scorsese
Profile of “The Red Shoes,” a documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team
Video interview with director Michael Powell’s widow, Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, in which she discusses Powell, the film, and the restoration
Audio recording of actor Jeremy Irons reading excerpts from Powell and Pressburger’s novelization of The Red Shoes
Collection of rare publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos
Gallery of items from Scorsese’s personal collection of The Red Shoes memorabilia
The “Red Shoes” Sketches, an animated film of Hein Heckroth’s painted storyboards, with the Red Shoes ballet as an alternate angle
Audio recording of Irons reading the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Red Shoes”
Theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic David Ehrenstein and a description of the restoration by UCLA film archivist Robert Gitt

New cover by F. Ron Miller


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