When the British film THE RED SHOES first opened in 1948, it was largely met with indifference in its home country. But upon its release in Manhattan, it played continuously for two years, and during the Los Angeles engagement, an MGM contract player went to see the film once a week for a year.
In anticipation of the local premiere this month of Matthew Bourne’s theatrical production of THE RED SHOES at the Ahmanson, LACMA and the American Cinematheque have programmed screenings of the Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger masterpiece.
After the LACMA screening this weekend, stay for the panel discussion “Designing for Dance,” with costume historian Bobi Garland, creative movement director Stephen Galloway, and artist and designer Stacia Lang.
THE RED SHOES, in 35 mm, Saturday, September 2, at 2 pm.
BING THEATER, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.
THE RED SHOES, in 35 mm, Friday, September 22, at 7:30 pm.
EGYPTIAN THEATRE, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood.
MATTHEW BOURNE’S THE RED SHOES, on stage from September 15 through October 1.
AHMANSON THEATRE, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.
Top: Moira Shearer and Anton Walbrook in The Red Shoes (1948), written, directed, and produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Bottom: Léonide Massine and Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes.