‘The Red Shoes’ Shines Anew

May 17, 2009 Few films have more passionate partisans than Michael Powell and EmericPressburger’s “The Red Shoes,” but no matter how much you love it, you probably don’t know it as intimately as Robert Gitt. Gitt spent so much time looking at the 1948 British classic he not only can tell you how many frames it contains – 192,960 in the print, 578,880 in the tripartite negative – but what had gone wrong with each and every one of them, from a massive attack of mold to wonky negative shrinkage.