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 .  

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.

The Criterion Collection:  #317

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Art Direction-Colour; Best Costume Design-Colour

Berlin Film Festival Award: Silver Bear for Best Music film

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition


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