09 20 Oct '24
7954ab35 1c45 4951 8041 5a65da4c4142

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.

Image gallery

7954ab35 1c45 4951 8041 5a65da4c4142
C61109de d3e1 43e5 8d7f 2f492b7b2b2c



Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger


Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina


Michael Powell, Dennis Arundell, Jules Barbier

Director of Photography

Christopher Challis


Reginald Mills


Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Non-original music

Jacques Offenbach

More information



Countries of production

United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

"Les contes d'Hoffmann" (Jacques Offenbach)



Stay up to date, subscribe to our newsletter

Do you want to stay up to date with festival news, our year-round activities, the films and the filmmakers?