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The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes(1948)

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  • Livingstone 'Livy' Montagne  

    You're a magician Boris. To have produced all this in three weeks, and from nothing.

  • Boris Lermontov  

    My dear Livy, not even the best magician in the world can produce a rabbit out of a hat if there is not already a rabbit in the hat.

  • Boris Lermontov  

    Don't forget, a great impression of simplicity can only be achieved by great agony of body and spirit.

  • Boris Lermontov  

    "The Ballet of The Red Shoes" is from a fairy tale by Hans Andersen. It is the story of a young girl who is devoured with an ambition to attend a dance in a pair of Red Shoes. She gets the shoes and goes to the dance. For a time, all goes well and she is very happy. At the end of the evening she is tired and wants to go home, but the Red Shoes are not tired. In fact, the Red Shoes are never tired. They dance her out into the street, they dance her over the mountains and valleys, through fields and forests, through night and day. Time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by but the Red Shoes go on.

  • Julian Craster  

    What happens in the end?

  • Boris Lermontov  

    Oh, in the end, she dies.

  • Boris Lermontov  

    How would you define ballet, Lady Neston?

  • Lady Neston  

    Well, one might call it the poetry of motion perhaps, or ...

  • Boris Lermontov  

    One might. But for me it is a great deal more. For me it is a religion. And one doesn't really care to see one's religion practised in an atmosphere ... such as this.

  • Boris Lermontov  

    Why do you want to dance?

  • Victoria Page  

    Why do you want to live?

  • Boris Lermontov  

    Well I don't know exactly why, er, but I must.

  • Victoria Page  

    That's my answer too.