The Red Shoes

Synopsis: Under the authoritarian rule of charismatic ballet impressario Boris Lermontov, his proteges realize the full promise of their talents, but at a price: utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov himself. Under his near-obsessive guidance, young ballerina Victoria Page is poised for superstardom, but earns Lermontov's scorn when she falls in love with Julian Craster, composer of "The Red Shoes," the ballet Lermontov is staging to showcase her talents. Vicky leaves the company and marries Craster, but still finds herself torn between Lermontov's demands and those of her heart.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Production: Eagle-Lion Films
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations.
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134 min

[ Crowd Clamoring, Muffled ]

- [ Man ] Open the door!

- [ Man #2 Shouting ]

[ Clamoring Continues ]

They're going mad, sir.

It's the students.

[ Man ]

Down with tyrants!

[ Crowd Cheers ]

- All right, let them in.

- [ Man ] Open the door!

[ Students Shouting ]

[ Chattering, Shouting ]

- Swine!

- Beast!

- [ Woman ] Into the valley of death!

- Into the jaws of hell!

Rode the 600!

Hey, hey. Ease up.

You're sitting on my cloak.

Filling up down below?

- Not a sausage.

- Not a tiara.

- Ah, here you are, Terry.

- Thank you.

[ Musicians Tuning Instruments ]

[ Tuning Continues ]

- I can't see him anywhere.

- [ Woman ] Programs.

- Oh, two, please.

- One here.

Thanks, pal.

Quite a turnout down below.

Old Palmer's music had better be good.

Boronskaja would hardly be dancing

the leading role if it wasn't.

Boro who?

Who exactly is Boronskaja?

Since you've stood

in a queue for six hours...

waiting to see her dance,

I should have thought -

Not to see anybody.

To hear.

[ Terry ]

Have you ever heard of Professor Palmer?

- Never.

- Never.

You will.

The program says "Heart of Fire -

Music by Andrew Palmer."

Our professor at the academy.

So Boro what's-her-name

had better be good.

She is hardly likely to be anything else.

- There he is.

- [ Man ] Palmer!

[ Students Shouting ]

Palmer! Palmer!

[ Shouting Continues ]



[ Students Cheering, Shouting ]

- [ Bows Tapping ]

- [ Audience AppIauding ]

- [ Man Whistles ]

- [ Students ] Livy! Livy!

- Good old Livy!

- Good old Livy!

We know him.

[ Orchestra ]

- Do you remember my Scythian Rhapsody?

- Forget it.

- That's it - your rhapsody.

That's the maestoso to it.

- Must be an accident.

- Did you show him your rhapsody?

- I show him all my work.

- You don't think that he lifted it?

- Of course not.


[ Continues ]

She's a great patron of the arts.


Lermontov's coming.

- I say, that's yours too, isn't it?

- Yes.

- [ Ends ]

- [ Applause ]

[ Orchestra ]

- Steady on, old boy.

- [ People Shushing ]

- Well, what are you waiting for?

- [ Shushing ]

- [ Man ] Quiet.

- Please let me through.

- Please, do you mind?

- [ All Grumbling, Shushing ]

Oh, really!

[ Chattering ]


Ah, dear Professor Palmer,

we're all very proud of you...

and I hope you're

very proud of yourself.

You're too kind.

Lady Neston, Monsieur Lermontov.

- So we meet the great man at last.

- Enchante, madame.

Well, I never imagined I should

succeed in getting you here.

I think I must be a very clever woman.

[ Chattering ]

If some fat harridan

is going to sing, I must go.

I can't bear amateurs.

- Neither, as it happens, can Lady Neston.

- What do you mean?

She has, I believe, a niece

who dances professionally.

Hello, Professor.

Now please don't get up, Mr. Lermontov.

Now, are you prepared for a surprise?

Do you mean a surprise,

Lady Neston, or a shock?

Well, to take the plunge...

I've asked my niece

to dance for us tonight.

- What would you call that?

- A shock.

Oh, well, you're - you're certainly very candid.

You know, Mr. Lermontov...

I wouldn't dream of boring you

with the performance of an amateur.

My niece has been dancing

leading roles for some time now.

The critics think very highly of her work.

How would you define "ballet", Lady Neston?

Well - [ Chuckles ]

one might call it

the poetry of motion, perhaps, or -

One might, but for me,

it is a great deal more.

For me, it is a religion.

And one doesn't really care

to see one's religion practiced...

in an atmosphere such as this.

I hope you undeestand.

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Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (; Danish: [hanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn̩] ( listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children: his stories express themes that transcend age and nationality. Andersen's fairy tales, of which no fewer than 3381 works have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Little Match Girl", "Thumbelina", and many others. His stories have inspired ballets, plays, and animated and live-action films. One of Copenhagen's widest and busiest boulevards is named "H.C. Andersens Boulevard". more…

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