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If you liked (or hated) 'Black Swan,' you'll love 'Red Shoes'
If you liked (or hated) 'Black Swan,' you'll love 'Red Shoes'

Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky often tells interviewers that "The Red Shoes" (1948) is the one film comparable to his own "Black Swan." How modest of him! Aronofsky was right to say that the classic by British masters Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger "captured the human drama and sacrifice" of the ballet world. He was wrong to consider his film in the same class — downright daffy to think that "The Red Shoes" expresses a "realistic point of view" any more than "Black Swan" does. Yes, "The Red Shoes" is ecstatic entertainment. The restored version that unspooled at the AFI Silver and is now on...

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