The Red Shoes (1948)

The Red Shoes (1948). Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring Moira Shearer, Marius Goring and Anton Walbrook. ***** Ballet on film has never looked as stunning as it does in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s classic cinematic take on Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Red Shoes.  Creating a potent tale of obsessionContinue reading “The Red Shoes (1948)”

Dangerous Moonlight (1941)

Dangerous Moonlight (1941). Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst. Starring Anton Walbrook, Sally Gray and Derrick De Marney. **** This tale of a shell-shocked amnesiac Polish bomber pilot and ace classical pianist might hang its hat on a particularly melodramatic framing narrative but within that it spins a pretty interesting tale, asking some pretty pertinent questionsContinue reading “Dangerous Moonlight (1941)”

Sixty Glorious Years (1938)

Sixty Glorious Years (1938). Directed by Herbert Wilcox. Starring Anna Neagle and Anton Walbrook. Sadly, there isn’t even close to sixty glorious minutes in Herbert Wilcox’s hurriedly made sequel to 1937’s smash hit Victoria the Great, completely in glorious Technicolor this time – although it has to be said that the palette is pretty mutedContinue reading “Sixty Glorious Years (1938)”