The Red Shoes (1948)

Directed by Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell

In this classic drama, Vicky Page is an aspiring ballerina torn between her dedication to dance and her desire to love. While her imperious instructor, Boris Lermontov, urges to her to forget anything but ballet, Vicky begins to fall for the charming young composer Julian Craster. Eventually Vicky, under great emotional stress, must choose to pursue either her art or her romance, a decision that carries serious consequences.

In The Red Shoes, there's an overstated use of gels on camera; like a sweet wrapper held up to the light, just to see what it does.

— Tim Walker (The Cinema of Powell and Pressburger, 2023)