The Tales of Hoffmann

The Tales of Hoffmann

Michael Powell (1951)

127min
U Certificate
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Review

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Three years after the success of The Red Shoes, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger returned to the world of ballet at the behest of Sir Thomas Beecham for this irresistible confection. With Moira Shearer and Frederick Ashton dancing superbly and Hein Heckroth's art design and costumes worthy of their Oscar nominations, this sumptuous adaptation of Offenbach's opera is a visual delight. But with the Sadler's Wells Chorus backing singers of the calibre of Robert Rounseville and Ann Ayars, it sounds pretty good, too. Indeed, only the slightly muddled structure detracts from what is otherwise an audacious cinematic experiment.

Cast & Crew

Hoffmann Robert Rounseville
Stella / Olympia Moira Shearer
Lindorff / Coppelius / Dapertutto Robert Helpmann
Nicklaus Pamela Brown
Kleinzack / Cochenille Frederick Ashton
Spalanzani Léonide Massine
Giulietta Ludmilla Tcherina
Antonia Ann Ayars
Luther Meinhart Maur
Nathaniel John Ford
Hermann Richard Golding
Andreas Philip Leaver
Cancer Edmund Audran
Director Michael Powell
Director Emeric Pressburger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Feb 2015