Friday, October 15, 2010

Beautiful and Haunting: "The Red Shoes" for Halloween

Now that I've publicly declared that I will be spending these coming weeks carrying out my mission of restoring Beauty and Order to my home - I'm firmly committed to following through. 

But yesterday was such a godawful day at work, when I got home I stumbled past all the chaos in a daze and headed straight for my computer/TV room with only one goal in mind:  zoning out on instant play Netflix films for the rest of the evening.

It turned out not to be a wasted evening at all...because I discovered my new favorite movie:  the 1948 classic, "The Red Shoes."

(warning: spoiler alert!)



I don't know how I managed to have missed seeing this wonderful film all these years. Have you seen it? It's both amazingly beautiful...and darkly haunting.

"The Red Shoes" is loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of the same name, and features real-life ballerina, Moira Shearer, in the role of the enchanting young dancer Victoria Page.




Vicky is torn between the man she loves, Julian Craster the composer (played by Marius Goring)....



...and the man who has the power to help her realize her dream of becoming a prima ballerina - but can also take that dream away:  the Lermontov Ballet impresario, Boris Lermontov (played by Anton Walbrook).



I'm not going to attempt to write a review of "The Red Shoes." Many others who are far more capable than I have already done that. Take a peek here.

One reviewer described the film as a "feast for the senses." I thought I'd give you a little taste of that "feast" through these photos that I took directly from the film as I was watching it. (For those of you who have never done this before - it's a great way to get to know a film intimately.)

"The Red Shoes" has everything that makes this vintage-loving girl's heart sing!
Gorgeous ballet...




Intriguing characters...





Fabulous fashion from the 1940's...




Lots of wonderful train scenes...


...and handwritten letters.


Plenty of romance and intrigue...





and DRAMA...



Dark, Dark DRAMA...


...that turns to TRAGEDY...



For those of you who have a tradition of watching a haunting film on Halloween night - but are sick of the typical blood-and-gore horror films, "The Red Shoes" might be just what you're looking for.

And...if you had fancied the idea of being a ballerina when you were growing up...and you still look halfway decent in a tutu and tights...why not consider dressing up as Vicky Page for Halloween?

All you need is a dress like this...with a pretty blue bow for your hair...




A pair of red, red lips - and dramatic eyes lined in black and red...


And most important of all - red ballet slippers, preferably handmade by the Shoemaker himself.


But at the end of the night, after you come home from the costume party...
and are ready to go to bed...if you discover that those red shoes simply refuse to budge from your feet...

...don't say I didn't warn you...

.....hehehe, cackle, cackle..................

3 comments:

  1. It definitely looks good and you made me want to watch this movie I never heard of. I'm sure it was better than restoring order in your home!;)

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  2. I remember when I was a kid I watched it but I don't remember very well about it, BUT I want to watch it again, I like all the pictures you posted.

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  3. I do not know this film however I do see a a few great ideas for Halloween costumes. Happy Haunting...

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