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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 29, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Dancing at the movies . . . in, of course, “Red Shoes”

I’ve got ballet on the mind today (am off to review “Jewels” at Pacific Northwest Ballet tonight) — specifically, ballet in the movies. I interviewed a PNB ballerina a couple of weeks ago who told me her entire career was inspired by “The Turning Point,” the 1977 film that received 11 Oscar nominations — and no wins. Not long ago I re-watched the movie; it’s pretty much a soap opera, but the dance sequences are lovingly and beautifully filmed. Mikhail Baryshnikov, in his screen debut, demonstates both mountain-high leaps and bedroom eyes.
Robert Altman’s “The Company” has a beautiful ballet sequence, shot outdoors with crisp leaves blowing in the wind. But ballet, in the movies, is all about “The Red Shoes.” I’m not going to link to any clips from the film — of all movies, this gorgeous 1948 Michael Powell/ Emeric Pressburger creation demands to be watched on a bigger screen. But here’s its very dramatic, red-splashed trailer, just for fun:

And finally, in the True Confessions department: The trailer for “Dance Flick” (its release just got moved to late summer, alas) makes me laugh every time. You?

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