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Movie Review – The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

9 March 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Tales of Hoffmann, 1951.

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Starring  Moira ShearerRobert Helpmann and Léonide Massine.

Synopsis:

An opera, Hoffmann tells of his romantic history with three beautiful women; Olympia, Giulietta and Antonia

“I have to say”, says director Michael Powell prior to working on The Tales of Hoffmann, “I didn’t know much about the opera”. That makes both of us Mr Powell. On Extended Run at the BFI this month is the Technicolor triptych-narrative, The Tales of Hoffmann. Released in 1951, this was made three years after Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s celebrated masterpiece The Red Shoes. Rather than incorporating dance into a story, Powell and Pressburger decided to adapt a full performance in its entirety, presenting an epic story of romance, lost-love and tragedy.

In the interval of a ballet, Hoffmann (Robert Rounseville) regales a crowd with talk of his previous exploits. Drunkenly holding court, »

- Simon Columb

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