Great Moments in Cinema: The Red Shoes

"Cinema is an interesting art form, in that it is made up of a number of other art forms, including theater, painting, music, and writing (among others). Not all films can be considered art, nor should they all strive to be, but when they do rise to that level, they become something that can help us better understand ourselves, and the world around us. While some filmmakers are obviously just in it for the money and the fame, cranking out products designed solely to keep the masses amused, there are those who have chosen to dedicate themselves to cinema as an art form, and have made a concerted effort to deliver films that can be savored by those who crave a bit more substance from their entertainment. Two such filmmakers were Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, collectively known as The Archers. They made massively entertaining films that also happened to be substantive masterpieces still pored over to this day. Their crowning achievement is The Red Shoes (1948), a stunning Technicolor love letter to the power of cinema, and the pitfalls of artistic devotion."

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