Rent The Tales of Hoffman (1951)

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Synopsis:
Based on Jacques Offenbach's opera of the stories of romantic poet E.T.A. Hoffmann. "The Tales of Hoffmann" gave close collaborators Michael Powell and Emeric Bressburger another opportunity to eschew realism and celebrate artifice and creativity. In "Black Narcissus", Powell had worked closely with composer Brian Easdale to create an extended sequence in which sound and image were intimately intert wined.
The ballet sequences of "The Red Shoes" offered an obvious arena into which to continue this experiment, culminating in "The Tales of Hoffmann", in which the entire film is shaped by Offenbach's score, given a rousing rendition by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of the legendary Sir Thomas Beecham. The choreography, courtesy of Jane Ashton is equally inspired, resulting in a charming fantasy that's a triumph of design and a sumptuous feast for the senses.
Actors:
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Directors:
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Producers:
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Writers:
Dennis Arundell, Jules Barbier, Michael Powell
Others:
Hein Heckroth
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Music & Musicals, Performing Arts, Romance
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/09/2007
Run Time:
119 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/03/2015
Run Time:
133 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Introduction from Martin Scorsese
  • Stills Gallery
  • Interview with Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Trailer

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