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February 02, 2006

Moira Shearer 1926 - 2006


The Red Shoes
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger - 1948
Criterion Collection Region 1 DVD

I was surprised to learn that Moira Shearer had actually only appeared in a handful of films since her debut in The Red Shoes. Three of the six theatrical films were directed or co-directed by Michael Powell, while Black Tights was obviously inspired by The Archers. As far as Shearer was concerned, she was a dancer first, while acting was secondary. As far as I'm concerned, Moira Shearer is the reason for the invention of technicolor.

Posted by peter at February 2, 2006 12:01 AM


I haven't seen Black Tights, but I have seen most of her others, including The Story of Three Loves. It's one of those anthology movies studios would make for no apparent reason, and which I love madly for no apparent reason. Have you seen that one? she plays another doomed dancer, this time with James Mason as her Svengali. My word, the way she photographed ... I agree, if Technicolor had not existed they'd have had to invent it just for her.

Posted by: Campaspe at February 4, 2006 10:01 AM

I can't be certain if I actually saw The Story of Three Loves in whole or in part too many years ago on black and white TV.

Posted by: Peter Nellhaus at February 4, 2006 07:17 PM