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Since the beginning of film history, a film character has not only gained life through facial expressions, gestures - later also language - or, for example, their appearance. Which (foot) clothes the hero or heroine wear in the film is also decisive for the plot, as the costume sets dramatic accents. There is hardly a shoe model today that has not already been in front of the camera: cow-mouth shoes, spiked shoes, dance shoes, boots, moccasins, slippers or pumps. The film shows the diversity of male and female footwear in all living and weather situations - dancing in the rain or rushing between the canyons.


Shoes in the film - more than props and fashion accessories


We communicate not only with language and gestures, but also with our clothing - film characters also live through their clothing when individual accessories such as jewelry, buttons or shoes are shown in close-up shots. Clothing fulfills a narrative function in the film, is an essential part of storytelling, but ideally we only perceive it unconsciously. The costume underlines the opposites and similarities of the actors and makes the individual development of a character also visually visible for the audience.
Above all, the game of shoe and foot, or shoe and leg, becomes a decisive momentum in front of the camera and exudes a strong symbolic value. In the film, putting on and taking off shoes becomes an expression of power and submission, love and eroticism, denial and belonging. However, the film not only plays with the meaning of shoes, but also knows how to effectively stage them. Just think of Marilyn Monroe's high heels in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), Olivia Newton John's red platform shoes in “Grease” (1978) or Kirsten Dunst's sugar-colored stilettos in “Marie Antoinette” (2006). Shoes and clothing in general provide their wearers with a social background, reflect the identity of the figure and locate them historically like the futuristic basketball shoes by Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future” (1985).
While the shoes mentioned above usually emphasize femininity, eroticism and sexuality in the movie heroines, they emphasize strength and masculinity in the protagonist, like the boots of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in "Easy Rider" (1969) or Gérard Depardieu's Columbus boots in “1492: Conquest of Paradise” (1992). But no rule, without exception.


Men in women's shoes and vice versa


Of course, the film also knows how to break with traditional role stereotypes. In the British film "Billy Elliot - I will dance" (2000), Jamie Bell delights in both his gymnastics and white ballet shoes, and Diane Keaton started a fashion wave in the 70s when she for her role in Woody Allan's "Annie Hall" (1977) slipped into brogues with a lace pattern.
The top ten of our story shoes include films in which shoes do not always play a central role, but definitely serve as a non-verbal means of communication.


The top tenthe story shoes
1. "The Gold Rush" (1925)


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In the silent film "The Gold Rush" (1925), Charlie Chaplin plunges into the adventurous life of gold miners in Alaska. Surprised by a snow storm, the little tramp seeks refuge in a hut and even eats one of his shoes in his distress. The scene in which Chaplin cooks his shoe and wraps the shoelaces around his fork like spaghetti went down in film history.
An entertaining anecdote: As with many Chaplin films, “The Gold Rush” did not go off without any problems. After a successful start, filming quickly came to a standstill - Charlie Chaplin had impregnated the 15-year-old first cast, Lita Gray. Chaplin re-cast the role and married the young Lita to avoid the legal consequences. But back to our story shoes.


2. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)


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In the fairy tale musical, the legendary sequined red magic shoes lead little Dorothy and her loyal companion Toto into the realm of Oz.Judy Garland runs and sings through the magical wonderland in glittering pumps - today they are among the most important props in film history.


3. "Tri orísky pro Popelku" (1973 "Three hazelnuts for Cinderella")


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The main motif of the story shoes par excellence - the Cinderella story: The disguised maid Cschenbrödel dances over the royal ball, loses a silver shoe on her escape and is identified by the prince as the right one.


4. "Annie Hall" (1977)


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In the charming comedy, the comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the no less chaotic singer Annie Hall. Diane Keaton's portrayal of the neurotic Annie was widely recognized not only for her acting. The wide men's shirts and trousers and, last but not least, the brogues that Keaton wears in the film even led to the fall of stilettos for a short time in Hollywood in the 1970s.


5. "Wag the Dog" (1997)


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In political satire, shoes are only the screen heroes for a few seconds, but their appearance is all the more impressive. In “Wag the Dog” Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro throw shoes over the trees to distract the population from the US President's affair.


6. "The Social Network" (2010)


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In David Fincher's film about the Facebook phenomenon, clothing serves primarily as a means of group membership. Just like his real role model, the protagonist wears a hoodie, shorts and adilettes and sometimes appears in a bathrobe and slippers for business appointments. Clothing and footwear are examples of the American college.


7. "The Red Shoes" (1948)


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The melodramatic ballet film tells the story of the young ballerina Victoria Page, or Vicki for short, who is supposed to dance in the play "The Red Shoes". However, torn between the love for her husband and the love for ballet, she commits suicide in her red shoes.


8. "In Her Shoes" (2005)


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The sisters Maggie (Cameron Diaz) and Rose (Tony Colette) couldn't be more different, but their mother's early death has welded them closely together. However, when the cheerful Maggie turns the head of Rose of all people, their relationship is put to the test. However, the two sisters have more in common than just a love of shoes.


9. "Le grand Blond avec une Chaussure noire" (1972 "The tall blonde with the black shoe")


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In the parody of agents, the absent-minded violinist, François Perrin, returns from a tour and ends up between the fronts of the French secret service at the airport. Ironically, his pair of different shoes throws the unsuspecting François into chaos.


10. "Grease" (1978)


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After the holidays, the young Sandy meets her summer love Danny, who pretends to be a womanizer in front of his friends. The disappointed Sandy finds consolation in the girls' group "Pink Ladies", who not only renew their appearance from the ground up. The red pumps that Olivia Newton John wears in the final sequence of the film also support her transformation visually.