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The Tales of Hoffmann

2 Ratings: 5.0
A movie directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

   Jacques Offenbach died with his masterpiece not quite finished, and that has madeThe Tales of Hoffmanna predestined victim for adapters who have dropped some numbers, inserted others, altered the plot, fiddled with the casting, and changed … see full wiki

Tags: Movies
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Music, Musical, Romance
Release Date: 13 June 1952 (USA)
2 reviews about The Tales of Hoffmann
review by . May 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The last great Powell and Pressburger film, and it is extraordinary
Poor Hoffmann. He is a poet who is famously unlucky in love. As a young student in Paris, he first fell in love with Olympia (Moira Shearer). She was a gorgeous creature with pale, silken skin, luminous eyes and red hair. Unfortunately, she was an automaton. Then, as a man of the world in Venice, he fell in love with Giulietta (Ludmilla Tcherina). She was seductive, with black eyes that held promises and with long, raven hair. Unfortunately, she stole men's reflections and then their souls. …
review by . January 31, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
With some fine music and exquisite dancing, this is a treat for opera and ballet fans alike. Hoffman's bizarre tales, Offenbach's music, Moira Shearer's dancing, and gloriously lavish visual imagery all combine to make a masterpiece.    It is a free, balletic interpretation of Offenbach's opera. The singing, where lip-synched, is not always completely in synch, but that is a minor fault.    Many of the scenes - in glorious Technicolor, of course - are simply …
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