Now it’s really Christmas.
Not even the best magician in the world can produce a rabbit out of a hat if there isn’t already a rabbit in the hat.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without The Red Shoes
When I was growing up, one of the syndicated TV channels out of New York used to show The Red Shoes every Christmas morning. There were no DVDs in those days, so it was the only time I ever got to see this film. It has since become my all-time favorite, not because it’s about ballet - because it isn’t, really - it’s more about the creative process and the choices you have to make if you want to be a great artist. This video is the entire 15-minute ballet sequence that takes place about mid-way through the picture. I’m posting it here as a Christmas gift to myself, and to everyone who appreciates great film, dance, and music. (By the way, the main character’s name in this movie is Victoria Page, so now you know where my Tumblr and Twitter names come from.)