No so for Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) in the "The Red Shoes" (1948). This brilliant dancer falls under the spell of a ballet impresario for whom art is a religion, tries to free herself, falls in love, but is drawn back to the red shoes. When she puts them on to dance once again, she flees the stage, dances out into the night, and throws herself under a train.
Pre-war American optimism triumphs in "The Wizard of Oz." In "The Red Shoes," made shortly after the end of the World War II, there is no way for a woman of genius to survive. Victoria page cannot practice her art and marry the man she loves. Dorothy holds her dog. Victoria Page holds her poor head. In real life, Moira Shearer had a brilliant career.