The Red Shoes Subtitles English
Some time later whilst traveling, Vicky receives a visit from Lermontov, who convinces her to return to the company to \"put on the red shoes again,\" to dance her famous role once more. On opening night, Julian appears in her dressing room; he has left the première of his opera at Covent Garden to find her and take her back. Lermontov arrives; he and Julian contend for Vicky's affections, each one arguing that her true destiny is with him only. Torn between her love for Julian and her need to dance, she eventually chooses the latter.
Scholar Peter Fraser, in Cinema Journal, observes of this tension between art and life that the film implodes its own \"narrative and lyrical worlds... from the moment of recognition, when Vicky looks down at her red shoes and knows that she is then her lyrical persona, her two worlds collapse.\" He further states that the interpenetration of the lyrical upon the narrative \"alters the meaning of the fiction\" itself. This blurring of the lyrical and the narrative is represented at the end of the film, when Vicky jumps onto the train tracks; she is wearing the red shoes which she wore while preparing in her dressing room, despite the fact that in the performance her character does not put them on until part way through the ballet. Powell and Pressburger themselves discussed this idiosyncrasy and it has been subject to significant critical analysis since. Powell decided that it was artistically \"right\" for Vicky to be wearing the red shoes at that point because if she is not wearing them, it takes away the ambiguity over why she died.
Unlike in conventional filmed theatrical ballet, the ballet sequence in The Red Shoes is not one continuous, static shot, but instead employs a variety of editing techniques, close-ups, and special effects. As the ballet progresses, McLean notes that the action of the sequence \"rockets from stage right to stage left, a series of swiftly performed vignettes alternating with garishly decorated set pieces. Then, as Robert Helpmann, playing the girl's lover, is borne away into the distance by a crowd, leaving the girl alone in her cursed red shoes, the action reverses... into and through the ballerina's subconscious mind.\" Because of its dynamic nature and excessive use of cinematic techniques, McLean contests that the ballet sequence is a \"greater, or more characteristic, film experience than a dance one.\"
The Hans Christian Andersen story tells how the orphan Karen's colorblind guardian buys her an inappropriate pair of red shoes for her church confirmation ceremony, but, when the mistake is discovered, forbids her to wear them. She disobeys. A crippled \"old soldier\" at the church door tells Karen they are dancing shoes. Later, she wears them to a ball, and cannot stop dancing. She dances day and night until an executioner, at her request, amputates her feet; the shoes dance away with them. She lives with a parson's family after that, and she dies with a vision of finally being able to join the Sunday congregation. In this story, the shoes represent \"her sin\", the vanity and worldly pleasures (implicitly, female sexuality) which distracted her from a life of generosity, piety, and community.
The ballet has three characters: the Girl, the Boy and the Shoemaker. The Boy, danced by Robert Helpmann, is at first the girl's boyfriend; as she dances, he turns into a sketch on transparent cellophane. Later he appears as the living counterpart of the Press, with \"Le Jour\" written on his forehead (\"The Daily\") and an alter ego made of folded newspapers, then as the prince in a triumphant Pas de deux/six. Finally, the Boy appears as the village parson; when he unties the red shoes, the girl dies in his arms. The Shoemaker, danced by Léonide Massine, is a diabolical figure far beyond the scope of the \"old soldier\". Always dancing, he tempts the girl with the shoes, installs them by \"movie magic\" on her feet, partners her briefly, and generally gloats over her confusion and despair. At one point he leads a mob of \"primitive\" monsters who surround her, but they elevate her high in a triumphant ballerina pose. At the end, the shoemaker picks up the discarded shoes and offers them to the audience. In the context of the movie, the shoes represent the choice offered by Lermontov to become a great dancer, at the expense of normal human relationships.
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He stops each day at his favorite Paris cafe to read the left-wing daily Libération, buys a pair of tan shoes (which a robber makes off with a few days later), turns down a well-paying TV role and rejects the chance to have an affair with a younger actress.
When Takao, a high school student dreaming of becoming a shoemaker, skips school one day in favor of sketching shoes in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters the mysterious Yukino. Older, but perhaps not much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. The two strike up an unusual relationship through chance meetings in the same garden on each rainy day. But the rainy season is coming to a close, leaving many things left unshared between them...
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CU DP boy in Landsberg, Germany. Hebrew sign. Teacher and children dancing, playing, learning. Children in classroom at desks learning Hebrew. Teacher pointing to map of Israel. Reading posted notices. Men and women outside. Sign reading \"Landsberger Szpigel Ojshams Cusztand in Erec Jisroel.\" Man dictating letter to women with typewriter. Distributing newspapers. Men smiling at camera. More, reading papers posted on board. CU, Chaim N. Bialik Library sign. Reading in library. Men reading papers at tables. Men shoveling/digging. Throwing dirt in UNRRA truck. Building Women and children on UNRRA truck, smiling. CUs, some children eating, sleeping. MCU child with luggage. Others in BG with luggage, baby carriages. DPs in field with luggage. CU, girl eating bread. Pan, large building, people gathered. Pan, children, shoes. Elderly Jewish man speaking to another. Group of DP children gathering near men, laughing. CUs children, feet, some barefoot. Pan, men.
A film about the ORT vocational schools in the US Zone of Germany. Introduction by Jacob Oleiski, US zone director of ORT, including English subtitles. VAR scenes of survivors in vocational training programs. Men and women working on machinery, furniture making, sewing, women's clothing, etc. in Landsberg, Germany. 22:09:31 Max (Mordchai) Rubin, a chemistry teacher at ORT Munich, is visible, along with his student Adi Rubin (Ribon) at 22:09:37. ORT UNRRA Vocation School sign. MCU young men entering building. Oleiski speaking again, with English subtitles. 781b155fdc