NJ Premiere of the beautifully restored print of “The Red Shoes” - Free Screening!

posted by Count Basie Theatre on March 24, 2010 at 8:00 am

RED BANK, NJ — The Count Basie Theatre is showing “The Red Shoes” (FREE Film!). This film showing is made possible through American Express and The Film Foundation.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 7:00 PM

Presented by: Count Basie Theatre Foundation; A New Addition to the 2010 American Express Film Series

Tickets: FREE

(1948), Rated G – Film [35mm format]

The Red Shoes (1948) – Based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a pair of enchanted crimson ballet slippers. The Red Shoes follows the beautiful Victoria Page (Moira Shearer), a young socialite who loves ballet, the rising composer Julian Craster (Marius Goring) whom she loves, and her dictatorial director, Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook).

This film was restored last year to its technicolor glory by The Film Foundation and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Martin Scorsese, one of founders of the Film Foundation said: “Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger created a vision in The Red Shoes that has really never been matched.” In Scorsese’s opinion, this film is, “Truly the most beautiful technicolor film ever made.”

This is the NJ premiere of this stunning remastered version of The Red Shoes; the world premiere took place at Cannes in May 2009.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with the BFI, The Film Foundation, ITV Studios, Global Entertainment Ltd., and Janus Films. Restoring funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Film Foundation, and the Louis B. Mayer Foundation.

This event ties in with Dine Downtown — a month-long event in Red Bank, NJ where participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus… visit www.redbankrivercenter.org/dinedowntown for more information.

And last of all… don’t forget to wear your favorite pair of RED SHOES! :)

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Comments (8)

markp on March 24, 2010 at 8:43 am

And of course, I will be the projectionist :–)

PeterApruzzese on March 24, 2010 at 8:49 am

Great news – wish I could be there. Did you finally get them to spring for Academy-ratio lenses & plates? We’re running it at the Lafayette on May 8 – please take good care of the print ;)

markp on March 24, 2010 at 9:27 am

I always take good care of the prints, because I, like you, am a film man. Have no use for this digital crap. And no, no lenses, however, I run the print with a flat lens using the scope aperture, and I get a nice decent size 1:37 ratio. We do what we must to make it right. Someday I would like to meet you and maybe we can go see the Ritz in Elizabeth, another beauty that would be great for films.

carolgrau on March 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

I know you guys will do a great job,, When my Uncle taught me in 56 he used to say there are projectionist, and there are film runners, He then said I was going to be a projectionist, and 54 years later here I am…A damn good one too.

moog on March 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm

My wife and I are looking forward to this presentation tonight!

PeterApruzzese on March 25, 2010 at 11:18 am

How did the show go?

moog on March 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I thought it went very well. The restoration was gorgeous.Nice introduction to the film including a nice three minute feature on the restoration (forgive me, I did not retain the names of the nice folks doing the intros). This was the first time I viewed a film at the Basie. I do have a question on reel changes. I noticed audible cue tones, and wasn’t sure if these are on the print or not. Also the lower frame seemed off, but I’m not sure if it’s because of where the booth sits. I had a great time and will go back for future film presentations. It sure beats paying NJ Transit, parking or tolls to see movies like this in NYC.

I was also glad to see parents had brough their kids to this presentation. It gave me hope that future generations will keep the preservation of our film culture alive. Now, if we can only get a Kurosawa retrospective in Jersey.

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