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The Red Shoes
SUBJECTS — Dance; Music/Classical;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Talent; Work/Career;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Citizenship.
Age: 12+; Not Rated; Drama; 1948; 136 minutes; Color.
A young dancer is made a star by the world's foremost dance impresario, but she must choose between her art and the man she loves. The film builds on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of the same name.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to The Red Shoes will help parents and teachers introduce children to the world of ballet as it existed in the early 20th century. The Learning Guide traces the development of modern ballet, which was in most respects lost to Western Europe in the late 19th century. But the Russians loved ballet and the art form flourished in Russia. In 1909, after the overthrow of the Tsar, Ballet returned to Western Europe through the efforts of one man, Sergi Diaghilev. A fictionalized portrayal of Diaghilev is a central character in the film.
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The Red Shoes is a seminal work of art. We can see echoes of this film in many movies. It introduces the art of ballet and a pivotal period in the transfer of ballet as a form art from Russia to Western Europe. The movie also features the person most responsible for this transfer, Sergi Diaghilev, as well as his Ballets Russes.
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To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to supplement school curriculum or by parents for homeschooling, we have set out below the Benefits section from the Learning Guide to The Red Shoes.
Benefits: The Red Shoes describes the process by which a ballet is made, highlighting the need for creativity and collaboration among a group of artists. The movie also shows: (1) the glamorous but insular world of a prima ballerina in the first half of the twentieth century; (2) the role of the impresario in the creation of a new ballet and the operation of a ballet company; and (3) the melding of different art forms (music, dance and set design) required for a world class ballet company. In conjunction with The Turning Point, The Red Shoes illustrates the progressively more stringent technical/athletic standards required of dancers during the twentieth century.
The Learning Guide to the film The Red Shoes contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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