Film restoration: Classic ‘Red Shoes’ gets a lift

With help from its greatest fan Martin Scorsese, Powell and Pressburger's 1948 masterpiece 'The Red Shoes' is returning to the screen in its full Technicolor glory. But what does a restoration project on this scale really involve, asks Ian Christie

When he saw the great Old Master painting collection bought from the Duc d'Orléans that reached England in 1799, the critic William Hazlitt rhapsodised: “A mist passed away from my sight. A new heaven and a new earth stood before me.” Can we still feel this sense of revelation in the face of cinema's classic images restored to their original glory?

This year's Cannes Film Festival saw a red-carpet premiere of Powell and Pressburger's The Red Shoes, expensively restored by UCLA Archive with funding raised by Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation.

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