89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #65 – The Red Shoes (1948)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 65th review of the 89 chosen Films…


“You cannot have it both ways. A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love can never be a great dancer. Never.” – Boris

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Feb 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A talented ballet dancer must chose between her love of the art and her love of a man.

My Take on it – This is the third Best Picture nominee to revolve around the subject of the ballet and there are parallels between the three, but I can’t claim to love any of them.

The premise shown here actually falls into a very similar category of the premises of the others; the idea of a dancer having to devote their entire life solely to dance while needing to neglect love for a man.

Ths film relies too heavily on the metaphor of the ballet and I, in all honesty, just couldn’t connect with the idea.

I found this film to be extremely boring to watch, especially during the 17 minutes ballet scene stuck in the very middle of it all.

I’m aware that this film has a 96% rating on RottonTomatoes.com and even great film reviewers like Roger Ebert and Directors like Martin Scorsese include this among their favorite all time movies, but I just didn’t get the appeal of this film and probably never will.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that just didn’t work for me because of its reliance too much on the metaphor of a ballet. Found most of this film to be extremely boring to watch and just wanted it to end.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Art director Hein Heckroth was a painter who had never worked as the art director on a film before. He had designed the costumes for previous Archers productions like Black Narcissus (1947). He created a 15-minute “animatic” (filmed storyboard) reel to convey the type of mood and feel his sets would give, which acted as an ideal guide for cinematographer Jack Cardiff. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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