The Tales Of Hoffmann (1951)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  

United Kingdom, 1951.  The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, based on the English libretto by , from the French text by , adapted from stories by  with French text by .  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , Hein Heckroth.  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1951.  Cannes Film Festival 1951.

Powell and Pressburger revisit the success of The Red Shoes with this adaptation of the Offenbach opera. It couldn’t possibly look or sound better, and all the visual effects are a new height in creativity. Non-fans of musicals, however, will be bored senseless and are warned to keep a safe distance.  stars, further showing off the exceptional talent for dance that she possessed in the previous musical.

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