New York City's Film Forum will be showing the newly restored Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 1948 film The Red Shoes, starring the dazzling Moira Shearer. Thelma Schoonmaker, wife of the late Michael Powell and the well known Academy Award winning editor introduced tonight's screening. Showtimes are frequent but are only for the next couple weeks so don't miss out on what I understand was the highlight of this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film has been through a two year digital restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation, along with the British Film Institute, ITV Global Entertainment Ltd and Janus Films. The restoration was funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Film Foundation and the Louis B. Mayer Foundation.
Most film enthusiasts that happen to come across this blurb are probably well aware of this, but just in case... The Film Foundation is a non-profit film preservation organization founded by Martin Scorsese along with an impressive list of other accomplished filmmakers. Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker both campaigned to get The Red Shoes fully restored. The reviews are in and they are impressive.
I wish I would have made it to this evening's showing in order to hear Thelma Schoonmaker introduce it, but I'll have to go with plan B and see it this weekend.