13 July 2010

Les chaussons rouges!

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When I was young I loved to watch the movie The Red Shoes in English or Les Chaussons Rouges in French. Either in English or in French I would watch it as many times as they would show it. I loved ballet and as a child I always wanted a pair of red satin ballet shoes. I had many pink pairs, black ones and even a blue pair but never owned a red pair. To compensate I watched Moira Shearer dance in this old 1948 movie.
 The Ballet of the Red Shoes is from a story by Hans Christian Andersen. It is about a young girl who is devoured by an ambition to attend a dance in a pair of red shoes. She get’s the shoes and goes to the ball. For a time all goes well, and she is happy. But at the end of the evening she is tired and wants to go home. But the red shoes are not tired. The red shoes are never tired. They dance her out into the street, they dance her over the mountains and valleys, through fields and forests, through night and day. Time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by, but the red shoes dance on....
I thought it would be interesting to include this You Tube song  made by Kate Bush in the 90′s, to accompany her 7th album ‘The Red Shoes’.  The song is hauntingly beautiful. It loosely sticks to the story told in the ballet sequence with the addition of another dancer who passes on the curse (Miranda Richardson). The cinematography was handled by Roger Pratt, who went on to shoot ‘Chocolat’ and the Harry Potter films interestingly enough.

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  1. Hey there, i stopped by from FMBT... totally fallen in love with your blog!!

    your newest follower now...:)

    Underneath His Wrapping

  2. I don't think I ever saw red ballet shoes before. They are quite striking!


  3. Hi! I am a new follower from Tuesday Tag-along. Beautiful Blog! I will be back.

  4. I have no idea how you ladies can wear those things and then stand on your toes!!!!

  5. Ooh! I took ballet many, many years ago. I never did get to the toe shoe part...I think my mother disapproved. Lucky you with so many colors of shoes.

    Thanks for the visit.

  6. the shoes look appealing indeed. you can never go wrong with red.

  7. Love those red ballet shoes, just lovely!!
    Thanks for the congrats, we are all so very happy :)

    winning colors

  8. Anne-Marie..this is a beautiful post and I can relate as a child who took ballet lessons. Red shoes would have been wonderful. You asked about a follow button for my blog after my post about cardinals and cowbirds. I don't use blogger, but use wordpress so there is no followers per say. You could sign up for an e-mail alert or in a reader..I'm sorry, but I really appreciate your interest in my blog... Michelle

  9. There's just something about a pair of red shoes, isn't there...

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  10. Stopped in and now following from FMBT :) I love, love, LOVE your blog layout! And, admittedly, I also love shoes of all sorts...

    Feel free to stop by and visit me any time. Have a great week :)


  11. wow such a wonderful story..and that red shoes is beautiful! will be coming back to Paris next month..take care Anne-marie?

    off topic: any cheap hotel or apartment you might want to recommend in or near Paris center? thanks in advance! appreciate it!


    p.s. me and my blogs are following you now..

  12. Hi there!

    Following through Tues Follow! I like your blog and looking forward to reading more!

    I would love it if you looked around and followed me back!


  13. Hi There,
    Thanks for linking up every week for FMBT :)
    Stopping by to say hello & I hope you have a great week!!
    Staycee ( Survey Junkie )

  14. OOOh, reading this makes me want to buy a pair of red ballet slippers to hang in my room next to my vanity, how cute of a decoration would that be??? Love it!

  15. I'm blushing a bit when I admit I knew about the Kate Bush song, but not the movie!!

  16. They are beautiful shoes. And I am a great fan of Kate Bush!

  17. Im your newest follower now from TTA and FMBT. Thanks for the visit and comment

  18. i've read the post and watched the clip and i enjoyed it, but i must second what Reg said. lol

  19. Hello Love. Just dropping you a line because you and your family were in my thoughts today! On my way to a meeting but wanted you to know I was thinking about you before I headed out of the apartment. Lots of love and hugs and blessings and peace being sent your way today and always!! :=O)