Thursday, February 02, 2006

In Memoriam: Moira Shearer, 1926-2006


For many years now, the Siren has marked each birthday with pleasure thinking that the date was shared by Moira Shearer, the beautiful star of The Red Shoes. This year, sadly, was the last time I will be able to do that. I have a brief memorial post over at Cinemarati.

9 comments:

Annieytown said...

I have been searching for the perfect picture to do a memorial post. This was a lovely shot in the dress.
Thanks F!!!!!
(Since meeting Victoria...I think of her when it comes to this movie!)

Campaspe said...

Isn't it great? this dress was designed by Fath. You should see "Tales of Hoffman" too, it is also a gorgeous movie. I also liked "The Story of Three Loves" which turns up on TCM every now and again.

surlyh said...

Michael Powell had sought to fuse
All the arts in his The Red Shoes
With hues of flame red
By muse Moira was led
Losing Ms. Shearer gives me the blues

Exiled in NJ said...

Mentioning Ms. Shearer and Michael Powell brings back Peeping Tom for some reason. Sometimes I wonder if Powell wasn't subconsciously trying to kill his former self, especially considering the home movies that were used in the film.

Campaspe said...

If you follow the link from my Cinemarati post, you'll see an interview with Ms Shearer, and boy should you hear what she says about "Peeping Tom." Oy.

Brian said...

I have to say I tend to agree with Shearer's take on that movie, which I never understood all the fuss about. I also agree with her description of the Tales of Hoffman as "rather clumsily put together". Though I love the Red Shoes and don't see anything "cold" or "pretentious" about the Life and Death of Col. Blimp or especially I Know Where I'm Going! which is one of my all-time favorites.

Campaspe said...

Brian, I wasn't blown away by Peeping Tom, as some were, but neither do I understand the drubbing it got. When Shearer says she "agrees with the critics", of course she's talking about reviews so bad they darn near ended Powell's career. By the time she got around to describing his movies as "cold and pretentious," I am afraid I was certain that the glorious Moira was grinding a very personal axe, since I agree with you that his best movies are nothing of the kind. For that matter, neither are his worst. It's a bizarre assessment. I am not sure exactly what he said in "A Life in Movies" to set her off; as far as I remember, he remarked that she wasn't much of an actress and kind of drove him crazy. Not warm and fuzzy, but nothing like Esther Williams outing Jeff Chandler as a cross-dresser. But apparently Powell's book was enough to earn her undying enmity, as Shearer took care to describe it as a pack of lies in just about everything I read about her.

Richard Gibson said...

Good post. I must get around to watching 'The Red Shoes' for years I have called myself a Powell & Pressburger fan yet I have never seen this. For Christmas I bought myself a 9 disc set and I'm embarrassed to say I haven't made nearly as much progress as I would have liked.

surlyh said...

Here is a link to a post about Shearer that has several nice posters from The Red Shoes :

http://trishm.blogspot.com/2006/02/red-shoes-blues.html