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The Tales of Hoffmann

The Tales of Hoffmann

A Fantastic Opera

DVD - 2009
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Hoffmann is a lovelorn young man in Nuremberg who is watching his latest love, Stella, dance in the ballet. In the interval he goes to the tavern where he tells his friends the tales of the three major loves of his life.


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Film version by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

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Aug 21, 2018

GOOD 1951 Michael Powell film with fine production, cinematography, etc. Unfortunately, I had a hard time following the underlying operatic plot which detracted from my involvement, although I particularly enjoyed the costuming et al for the various a bit whacky characters. And there were terrific dance sequences with Moira Shearer.

Feb 07, 2018

I am neither a fan of opera or ballet but this is an amazing film. For anyone who appreciates the art of cinematography, set design, editing, and special effects The Tales of Hoffmann should not be missed. Watch it with captions on first time around so as to fully understand the narrative. Dreamlike and hypnotic, if given patience, the Tales of Hoffmann will reward repeated viewings and may in the end become a film favorite of yours as it has mine. The opening Dragonfly Ballet, the second Olympia sequence with it's emphasis on golden yellow hues plus a horrific ending , and the third Giulieeta sequence accentuating a red and black color scheme are unforgettable. Not to mention , Moira Shearer and Ludmillia Tcherina are two of the most beautiful female leads ever.

May 20, 2016

The dynamic duo of classic British cinema, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, team up once again with the legendary “Archers” production company for this sumptuous screen adaptation of Offenbach’s opera. Apparently the film that prompted George Romero to enter the business and now painstakingly restored by the Martin Scorsese Film Foundation, Powell & Pressburger’s gloriously overdone opus, presented with an English libretto, overflows with striking images: a swirl of dancing marionettes comes to life; a soundstage Venice is all gauzy backdrops and guttering candles; and a lonely Greek isle is lifted straight from a classical painting. But the elaborately camp set designs and extravagant performances, all presented in eye-gouging Technicolor, limit this one to diehard fans of opera and ballet as well as those who love a bit of fey cinema now and again. The music is magnificent however, and star Moira Shearer’s ballet sequences alone are worth a look.

Nov 12, 2015

This stage rendition by director Michael Powell is strictly for lovers of opera and ballet only. I don't fall in that category, so quickly gave up watching it.

Jun 19, 2014

Although directed by the always interesting Michael Powell way back in 1951, this colorful production of Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman often has a modern, avant-garde feel. My wife, more tuned in to opera than I enjoyed it as well, but we both found ourselves tiring of it before the end. Recorded (or filmed) opera doesn't have quite the emotional resonance as a live performance. Still, this is well done and worth a viewing.

hania4987 Mar 06, 2014

a fantasy staging of a fantasy opera. Filled with incredible images and spectacular cinematography, it's a must-see for lovers of musical theater and film buffs.


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