|The Red Shoes
|Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
|This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2017
Stack 1, film 2: The Red Shoes. This is turning into Powell & Pressburger day here at DVRfest, and another one over two hours... Here we go!
Wow. So, I know this is on a lot of lists and it's like one of Scorsese's favorite films and all that, but I kind of thought the reason why people freaked out about it was the early super-saturated technicolor and how the reds leapt off the screen. While that is true, the film also has amazing performances, crazy before-its-time technique, and an epic grandeur that made the movie feel timeless to me. I kept having to remind myself that this was made in the late 40s. Certainly the 15-minute ballet performance piece that sits right in the middle of the movie would inspire Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris, but there's also fanciful magical elements that elevate the ballet out of the theater into the imagination. I am a total sucker for this (part of why I love Busby Berkeley so much). There's one scene that shows a couple happily sleeping in separate beds that seems so utterly out of place. This movie would be fantastic if it came out this year; I can't even imagine how it was received 70s years ago.
I'm sure people have written books about this one so I'll stop going on, but I liked it a lot.
The day is really flying by. Let's do another one right away.