The Red Shoes (1948)

Voted one of the top ten films of the century!

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Moira Shearer and Robert helpman
Moira Shearer and Robert Helpman

In about 1937, Emeric Pressburger wrote a film story and screenplay called 'The Red Shoes" and sold it to Alexander Korda - however, Korda never got around to making the film and ten years later Pressburger persuaded Michael Powell that they should buy back the screenplay and film it themselves.

The price asked was a staggering eighteen thousand pounds! (at this time a Monet was selling for the same price!)

Many believe that "The Red Shoes" was the greatest achievement of the Powell/Pressburger partnership.

It is a great film, timeless, a superb fusion of music, dance and painting.....realism and fantasy.

It is interesting that not only was Moira Shearer not at all keen to play the part of Victoria Page but many of the cast did not believe that it would be in any way successful.

I was a young child of less than 2 years old when my parents, Leonard Boucher and Helene Mladova were asked to join the cast. They took on the job as it came at a convenient time and they did it for money - as did most of the cast - even rejecting credits!

I remember only snatches of the making of the film - but I consider myself very lucky to have been on the set during its making and soaked up some of the history and legend that has made this film one of the great films of our century. I understand that my mother was allowed om occation to rehearse holding me in her arms and that Inearly turned up in the fairground scene of the ballet!

It is a sobering thought that I may very well be the last person alive who was on the set during the maing of the film.

I recently discovered my father's diaries and i am pubolishing the notes he made about the production. he wrote on a daily basis and expressed his feelings about the film and the people involved. They are a unique view into filmaking during that time.

Odette Lind September 2007

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