‘The Red Shoes’ restored for new-gen of cinemagoers

June 14th, 2009 - 12:10 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 14 (ANI): Classic film The Red Shoes has been restored using the latest­cinematic technology.

The Oscar-winning British movie’s original print was badly damaged.

However, the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger-directed film has now been returned to its former glory for a new generation of cinemagoers to enjoy, reports The Daily Express.

The Red Shoes, which made an overnight star of 22-year-old Scots-born ballerina Moira Shearer, was called The Motion Picture Event Of The Year in 1948.

The film tells the tale of a talented dancer scorned by an authoritarian ballet impresario when she falls in love with a composer.

UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation have been working on the restoration project for three years.

Martin Crosse, the US film director and chairman of The Film Foundation, said: “It would have been a tragedy if The Red Shoes had been lost for ever or even forgotten - it is a true gem of a movie. And one of our great classics which was loved throughout the world.

“It expresses so much about the burning need for art, and I identified with that feeling the first time I saw the picture with my father. I was so young then. It put me in contact with something in myself, a driving emotion I saw in the characters up there on the screen and in the colour, the rhythm, the sense of beauty.”

Robert Gitt, of UCLA Film & Television Archive, explained that the film was badly damaged.

“The restoration combined the best of the past with our digital present,” he said.

The Red Shoes in its restored version will be in cinemas in December. (ANI)

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