A tragic masterpiece about a young ballerina forced to choose between her craft and her heart
You don't have to be a balletomane to appreciate Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Technicolor wonder The Red Shoes, but you just might become one after watching it. The backstage drama follows rising dance star Victoria Page (played by actual ballerina Moira Shearer), as she is forced to choose between a young composer's love and the career offered by the jealous owner of her dance company. Tonight's screening, which is part of the museum's WWI and Its Legacy in Film series is introduced by Award-winning filmmaker, novelist, and critic Antonio Monda.
--Matt Sussman, Flavorpill
WWI and Its Legacy in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Organized in conjunction with The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, these classic films take us through the trenches of the Great War and provide insight into how this conflict, unprecedented in scale, reshaped the 20th century.
The Red Shoes (1948)
Award-winning filmmaker, novelist, and critic Antonio Monda introduces this tragic masterpiece in which film and dance are flawlessly integrated to tell the tale of a talented young ballerina who is forced to choose between her craft and her heart. The music of the legendary dance sequence is evocative of The Rite of Spring, with groundbreaking filmography that later influenced young directors such as Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Brian DePalma. Set in post-WWI Europe. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook. 133 min.
Antonio Monda teaches in the Film and Television Department at New York University. He has directed several documentaries, including the award-winning feature film Dicembre, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival.
Please note that Academy Award-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, renowned for her work with Martin Scorsese, is no longer able to introduce this film, as she has been nominated for an American Cinema Editors award for her work on The Wolf of Wall Street and will be appearing at the awards ceremony the evening of the program.