Posted May 15, 2010 in Arts | 1 Comment

The Red Shoes, etc.

At least two posts about shoes in the span of a week. yourKloset is spoiling you, readers!

“The Red Shoes” is a movie by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, apparently the highest grossing film of 1948. There’s so many other old movies being screened for the rest of the month, but this one stands out. It made the rounds at Cinematheque Ontario where I saw it, and places like UCLA and UCBerkley and NY last fall. It’s also gonna come out in Criterion in July. There’s no stopping this movie since it’s making a mini-citywide tour here in Toronto. Bloor Cinema is boasting a new 35 mm print of the movie and they’re screening it in May 15-17, and after that it’s gonna scoot to the Beaches in the Fox Theatre in May 18-19.

“The Red Shoes” doesn’t have the subversive political undertones of earlier Powell and Pressburger favourites that I’ve seen. And it’s a bit sleepy in the married life scene. It does, however, have a postwar innocent face like Moira Shearer as Victoria Page, eager to become a great ballerina. Page lucks in as the lead in a new ballet called “The Red Shoes,” based on a Hans Christian Andersen about the pair of shoes that has more energy than the feet that fill them. The 17-minute ballet sequence is probably the most dazzling thing I’ve ever seen in a movie. Another great scene is Vicky’s so-called interview with her future boss Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook), both one-upping themselves in their hunger and dedication for dance without making it look tense. This movie has all the charm and energy in the world and tells us about the irreplaceable value of a person. It’s a must see.

I do have to talk about my Hot Docs hangover. The few docs I did see so far were marvelous, especially Tomer Heymann’s “I Shot My Love.” Heymann also directed the award-winning “Paper Dolls” about Filipino drag queens, so I already like this guy. “I Shot My Love” is a Don De Lillo-esque pun, the movie being about the documentation of the pains of the two most important people in Heymann’s life. One is his mother whose name I didn’t catch and the other his boyfriend Andreas – both of whom get along by the way. The pain of said persons are connected to Nazi Germany – his mother a Jew whose parents are exiled Berliners and Andreas burdened by his family and country’s history. Among other things, the movie goes to show that if an Israeli and a German can found a functioning three-year relationship by meeting in a gay club in a city they are both visiting, the rest of us have no excuse.

Now to talk about movies that are out in regular theatres. Pardon the expression but “Chloe” sucked balls and I want my money back. By the time this post comes out, I may or may not have finally seen movies like “Fish Tank,” “Please Give” and the classic “Touch of Evil,” which at one point was my favourite movie of all time. Out on the May 14 weekend is family drama “Mother and Child” and “The Trotsky,” a love letter to the Anglos in Montreal featuring Jay Baruchel and one or two cast members from “The Wild Hunt” but with convincing high school uniforms. On the 21st is “MacGruber.” Have fun. And speaking of fun, May 28 will bring you both “Micmacs,” which I saw at TIFF last year and “Sex and the City 2,” which I’m excited for possibly different reasons than yours.

*(photos courtesy of MovieWallpapers, HotDocs and OutNow)

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    nice read…makes me want to see more then just hollywood

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