Loved 'Black Swan'? See 'The Red Shoes'
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 ballet classic has often been called one of the most beautiful movies ever made. It’s also among the darkest of backstage melodramas, pinned by Anton Walbrook’s suave turn as a ruthless impresario with a Svengali-like grip on Moira Shearer’s ballerina. What makes the film a masterpiece is the team’s wizardly craft and the startling use of color (best experienced in Criterion’s restored edition on Blu-ray), most thrillingly in a 20-minute dance sequence that will knock your socks off.