Take off the red shoes.

Cover of "The Red Shoes (The Criterion Co...

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I’ve been wanting to see the 1948 British ballet classic, The Red Shoes for a long time, but it’s never been available on Netflix or Amazon Prime (my only connections to TV land, as I don’t have cable) so it has always slipped by the wayside.  I finally found the full movie on YouTube and I was not disappointed!  The Red Shoes is often touted as the best ballet movie ever made, and from my experience, I have to agree.  Real dancers, real dancing, young love, passion, and tragedy meld together almost perfectly in this beautiful tale of grisly horror.

Have you ever seen The Red Shoes?  Tell me your thoughts on this timeless classic below!


3 thoughts on “Take off the red shoes.

  1. it has been many years since I have seen this movie – I loved it, though it scared me. i was very interested in Moira Shearer – i had a book about famous dancers and she was one of them. it is an interesting story, one that many dancers could probably relate to – especially the desire to dance. To dance is to live. If one cannot dance, then there is no desire to live.


    • “To dance is to live. If one cannot dance, then there is no desire to live.”
      I couldn’t have said it better myself! I am a dancer, or I was until I got injured last year, and I have definitely had my own Victoria moments since then. The, what am I going to do with my life’s, I have nothing left to live for’s, and fears of leading a purposeless life have all run through my head numerous times over the past year; but, swan diving off a balcony is definitely not a solution. All dancers’ careers must come to an end at some point, I just don’t think we realize how early in life this time can come. Finding meaning outside of the dance studio is no easy feat, but we are all more than bunheads and have plenty of other talents at our disposal to continue living meaningful lives beyond the studio and stage!


      • you are very right – i had to make that choice years ago – years ago. what is interesting is that the dancer in oneself never goes away. in a way it gets stronger (for me, at least) because it is something i can no longer have – but will always yearn for so very deeply. xx


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