The Red Shoes, La Danse, and Maria Tallchief on Film

Moira Shearer in "The Red Shoes"

NYC’s Film Forum is currently showing two dance films – one new and one old.  Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 film “The Red Shoes”, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of shoes that dance the wearer to death, has been newly restored thanks to Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.  Scorsese recently talked about his lifelong fascination with the film, and this past Sunday, Maureen Dowd wrote about it in her NY Times Op-Ed column.  Screenings are daily through November 19th.

Also at Film Forum is Frederick Wiseman’s newest and already highly praised documentary, “La Danse”, which takes a close look at the Paris Opera Ballet as the dancers rehearse and perform seven different works.  Pina Bausch, Angelin Preljocaj, and Rudolph Nureyev are among the choreographers whose ballets are featured.  Screenings are daily through November 17th.  Film Forum is located at 209 West Houston Street, between Sixth Avenue and Varick.

This Thursday at The Paley Center for Media, Words on Dance presents an intimate screening of Maria Tallchief, a former New York City Ballet principal, in conversation with former San Francisco Ballet principal Evelyn Cisneros.  The 1998 film also includes clips of Tallchief dancing in some of her most well-known roles, including Firebird, which George Balanchine created for her.  This event is at 1 PM on November 12th, and is free and open to the public.  The Paley Center is located at 25 West 52nd Street, at Fifth Avenue.  For more information, call The Paley Center at 212.621.6886.

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