The Red Shoes: Beyond the Mirror exhibition
A new exhibition at BFI Southbank immerses you in Powell and Pressburger’s mesmerising 1948 production The Red Shoes.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, The Red Shoes tells the story of a young woman whose desire is to become a leading dancer. Victoria Page (played by prima ballerina Moira Shearer) secures a transformative role at the Ballet Lermontov, that of a girl beguiled by a pair of magic red slippers.
Gradually, the boundaries between fact and fiction blur as Page’s life intertwines with the feverish part she dances.
The Cinema of Powell and Pressburger: Romantic ImaginationsAs seen in:
Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
The Cinema of Powell and Pressburger examines two true visionaries of British cinema, who created glorious Technicolor masterpieces including Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes
In the exhibition you can discover over 100 previously unseen costume and production designs, scripts, behind the scenes photographs and posters, alongside the iconic red ballet shoes featured in the film.
The exhibition also features personal items owned by Moira Shearer and costumes from Matthew Bourne’s recent ballet adaptation.
Colour Films in Britain: The Negotiation of Innovation 1900-1955As seen in:
Sarah Street’s illuminating study Colour Films in Britain traces the history of colour in British cinema, and analyses the use of colour in a range of films, both fiction and non-fiction, including The Open Road, The Glorious Adventure, This is Colour, Blithe Spirit, This Happy Breed, Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, The Tales of Hoffmann and Moulin Rouge.
‘Time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by, but the red shoes go on’.
The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 November to 7 January.
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XT