The Tales of Hoffmann

The Tales of Hoffmann

Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell Cast: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the original film in 1954, and it has haunted my memory ever since. Unbelieveably, the movie retains the splendor I recalled as an impressionable 14-year-old. I've never understood why Hoffman hasn't had the acclaim that other similar works possessed. This is a classic of the marriage of technique, use of the medium, glorious voices, and the inspired dancing of Moira Scherer. What a joy that this masterpiece is now receiving some of the recognition it so justly deserves.
REKNY More than 1 year ago
Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffmann" is a favorite of mine,no matter the edition, so I welcomed this reissue of an unusual 1951 movie in which music and dance wonderfully coexist. In a nutshell: Moira Shearer, Frederick Ashton and Leonide Massine, among others, dance to Offenbach's music while it is simultaneously sung by Robert Rounseville, Bruce Dargavel, Dorothy Bond, Ann Ayars, and others, and conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. I'll not discuss the genesis of the film-the notes do that- but I will say there is nothing quite like it. The color and fantasy of Offenbach's masterpiece are fully evident, great singing, dancing and conducting, and important commentary by Martin Scorese and Bruce Eder.See this!!
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