Join our new book club featuring the BFI Film Classics series! The BFI Film Classics series introduces, interprets and celebrates landmarks of world cinema. Each volume offers an argument for the film's 'classic' status, together with discussion of its production and reception history, its place within a genre or national cinema, an account of its technical and aesthetic importance, and in many cases, the author's personal response to the film.

On the second Monday of every month, our Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Parry, will lead an in-person meeting centered around a selection from the BFI Film Classics series. Join us to share your opinions on the film, the author's interpretations, and develop a better understanding of some of your new favorite films! Everyone is welcome!

Book Club Meeting: Monday, February 19, 2024 6PM

Interabang Presents The Red Shoes Screening at the Texas Theatre: Sunday, January 28 4PM
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Endlessly fascinating, dark and bright, The Red Shoes (1948) employs every branch of the cinematic arts to sweep the audience off its feet, invigorated by the transcendence of art itself, only to leave them with troubling questions. Representing the climax of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's celebrated run of six exceptional feature films, the film remains a beloved, if unsettling and often divisive, classic.

Pamela Hutchinson's study of the film examines its breathtaking use of Technicolor, music, choreography, editing and art direction at the zenith of Powell and Pressburger's capacity for 'composed cinema'. Through a close reading of key scenes, particularly the film's famous extended ballet sequence, she considers the unconventional use of ballet as uncanny spectacle and the feminist implications of the central story of female sacrifice.Hutchinson goes on to consider the film's lasting and wide-reaching influence, tracing its impact on the film musical genre and horror cinema, with filmmakers such as Joanna Hogg, Sally Potter, Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma having cited the film as an inspiration.

 

About the Author


Pamela Hutchinson is a writer, critic, film historian and curator based in the UK. Her previous publications include Pandora's Box (British Film Institute, 2020) and 30-Second Cinema (2019). She writes on early and silent film for Sight and Sound (including a monthly column), Criterion, Indicator, the Guardian, the Independent, the Financial Times, Empire and Little White Lies.
 
Monday, February 19th, 6:00PM
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The Red Shoes (BFI Film Classics)

By Pamela Hutchinson

The Red Shoes (BFI Film Classics) By Pamela Hutchinson Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781839026065
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: British Film Institute - October 5th, 2023

The Red Shoes (BFI Film Classics) By Pamela Hutchinson Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781839026065
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: British Film Institute - October 5th, 2023

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in discussion on Emeric Pressburger & Michael Powell's THE RED SHOES, an analysis by Pamela Hutchinson. Screening at the Texas Theatre on January 28th!