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Year
1948
Runtime
135 min.
Directors
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Genres
Drama, Romance, Music
Rating *
8.3
Votes *
20,272
Checks
8,415
Favs
1,098
Dislikes
54
Favs/checks
13.0% (1:8)
Favs/dislikes
20:1
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  1. Melvelet's avatar

    Melvelet

    Wouldn't have expected that a 15-minute ballet scene would be my favoutire part of this wonderful film. :) 6 years 4 months ago
  2. Jonathan_Hutchings's avatar

    Jonathan_Hutchings

    Absolutely brilliant.

    @seithscott Definitely. Some of Aronofsky's compositions for Black Swan were directly lifted from this film. They're virtually identical in terms of theme (the exploration of the value of art) and plot, although Swan is darker and campier. Some say Swan owes a debt to The Red Shoes, I say it owes it's entire existence to this Archers masterpiece.
    8 years 10 months ago
  3. seithscott's avatar

    seithscott

    Utterly breathtaking and really ahead of it's time, just brilliant. I imagine this is where Aronofsky got his idea. 9 years 1 month ago
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  3. This movie ranks #11 in IMDb's Music Top 50
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  6. This movie ranks #44 in The Criterion Collection
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  17. This movie ranks #173 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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