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Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

The Tales of Hoffmann

128' - 1951 - Fantasy - Dialogue: English
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger With: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina
Three adventures of the poet Hoffmann in his quest for the eternal woman, involving a puppet-doll Olympia made by scientist Spalanzani, courtesan Giulietta for whom Hoffmann kills a man and Antonia a girl who loves to sing all day long but when she would do so she would die. The film remains faithful to the spirit of the opera, but it achieves its fidelity by removing us as far as possible from the experience of opera as we have known it. "The Tales of Hoffmann" is a successful, delightful and very lavish experiment in filmed opera, thanks to the music of Offenbach and the many contributing talents.

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Credits

Director

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

With

Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina

Scenario

Michael Powell, Dennis Arundell, Jules Barbier

Director of Photography

Christopher Challis

Editor

Reginald Mills

Producer

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Non-original music

Jacques Offenbach

More information

Dialogue

English

Countries of production

United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

"Les contes d'Hoffmann" (Jacques Offenbach)

Year

1951

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