Produced by Arthur Freed
Written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich
Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr.
Editing by Blanche Sewell
Music by Lennie Hayton and Conrad Salinger
Art direction by Cedric Gibbons and Jack Martin Smith
Set decor by Edwin B. Willis
Costumes by Tom Keogh
Starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly,
Walter Slezak, and the Nicholas Brothers
And yet, beyond all this, it's the ambitious structure of the movie that really makes it a timeless treasure: the way it melds story with song and dance, is really the birth of the modern movie-musical. It's a new form, and also a return to the dream-like version of reality which Hollywood had gotten away from since the 1930s when it began to favor more starkly realistic depictions.
The Red Shoes
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Cinematography by Jack Cardiff
Editing by Reginald Mills
Music by Brian Easdale
Production design by Hein Heckroth
Art direction by Arthur Lawson
Starring Anton Walbrook, Moira Shearer,
and Marius Goring
Story-wise, the movie is intense and depicts the struggle an artist faces when choosing between personal fulfillment and success in her career. The ending may be the weakest part of the picture since it feels too brief and rushed for there to be time for the audience to come down from the great build-up. Nevertheless, the build-up is so beautifully constructed and edited that the tacked-on feeling of the ending may be swallowed just like a mediocre dessert that follows the most sublime meal imaginable.