The Red Shoes (1948) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) –

Films have a unique capacity to influence the lives of their viewers. Many people pursue careers in Hollywood simply because they fell under the spell of the magic of cinema. One very special Best Picture nominee has inspired countless people to dream of themselves as dancers, given the beauty of this Technicolor classic. That film is none other than The Red Shoes (1948). Indeed, this film is a treasure from the 1940s because its sheer beauty has inspired many to hope to be dancers after watching this gorgeous story unfold.

A Toast

This is definitely one of the best films of the 1940s (or any other decade for that matter). Moira Shearer made her spectacular film debut in 1948 in her leading role as Victoria Page, a ballerina torn between two lovers as well as her passion for dancing. The film itself is a very clever re-imagining of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale because it takes a somewhat depressing story and transforms it into a cinematic masterpiece. It is actually very interesting how Hans Christian Anderson has inspired some of the greatest films of all time, and this film is no exception. The dancing sequences are simply exquisite, and the love story that drives the plot is full of passion. This film is very passionate, indeed, because it involves both romantic love and the love involved with chasing after one’s dreams.


The Red Shoes is one of those rare films that contains a love triangle without making the romance very cliché. Instead, this film is a great example of artistic merit given its dream-like quality. The inventors of Technicolor have often cited this film as the best example of a Technicolor film. It also won Academy Awards for its art direction and luscious musical score. It is clear that this film will continue to inspire artists, dreamers, and dancers as long as audiences have the audacity to pursue their dreams.

The Red Shoes (1948) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: during every mentioning of love

Take a Drink: during every beautiful dance sequence

Drink a Shot: every time Moira Shearer wears her coveted red shoes

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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