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||IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 from 1,827 votes
||Release: 26 November 1951 (UK) /
||Genre: Fantasy, Music, Musical
||Director: Michael Powell,
||Stars: Ann Ayars, Edmond Audran, Frederick Ashton, Léonide Massine, Lionel Harris, Ludmilla Tchérina, Meinhart Maur, Mogens Wieth, Moira Shearer, Pamela Brown, Philip Leaver, Robert Helpmann, Robert Rounseville
||Synopsis: This a film version of the opera "The Tales of Hoffmann", however it is NOT just a film of a staged performance. 'Michael Powell' & Emeric Pressburger (and the rest of "The Archers") work their usual magic here. The opera dramatises the three great romances in the life of the poet-hero presented in a series of flashbacks. Hoffmann's tales depict the struggle between human love and the artist's dedication to his work. Hoffmann loses each of the women he loves but gains instead poetic inspiration -- the ability to transform painful experiences into art. Written by Steve Crook <[email protected]>
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A magnificent spectacle. A truly filmic version of a classic
opera. Often mentioned as a favourite movie and constant inspiration for
young Martin Scorsese.
With the audacity that Powell & Pressburger were famous
we are presented with a wonderful performance of a truly
"composed" film. All the soundtrack was recorded by Sir
Thomas Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and
then the filming was all done on the open stage (it didn't
need a sound stage) at Shepperton.
With choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton and performances
by ballet luminaries such as Moira Shearer, Ludmilla
Tchérina, Robert Helpmann,
Léonide Massine and Sir Frederick Ashton himself.
Assisted by opera stars such as Robert Rounseville and
Anne Ayars and the Sadler's Wells Chorus. All this
backed by the designs of Hein Heckroth and the experienced
team of technicians that worked regularly under the
banner of The Archers leads to a treat to behold.
The plot - from a 1951 (year of release) programme.
The Prologue :
The Opera House in Nurnberg (Nüemburg).
Hoffmann sits in the auditorium watching a
performance of the Dragonfly ballet. He is in love with Stella, the
ballerina, who seems the embodiment of all his past loves. In the
Hoffmann goes to Luther's Tavern. Here young students greet him. He
them the ballad of Kleinzack. But the sight of Stella has reopened
wounds. "Would YOU hear the three tales of my folly of love?" lie
The students gather round the punch bowl, with Hoffmann's
Nicklaus, who has accompanied him throughout his adventures, and
The Tale Of Olympia :
As an inexperienced student in Paris, Hoffmann was tricked by
puppet-makers, Spalanzani and Coppelius, into falling in love
their latest creation, the doll Olympia. Spalanzani passes Olympia
as his daughter and hopes by this means to get some money from
At a ball given for her, Olympia sings the "Doll Song" and dances a
Hoffmann is entranced. Only when Spalanzani and Coppelius fall out,
Coppelius destroys the doll in revenge does Hoffmann realise how he
The Tale Of Giulietta :
As a young man of the world, he was enslaved by a beautiful
courtesan, Giulietta. Acting under the influence of the
Dapertutto, Giulietta captures his reflection and so gains
of his soul. Hoffmann kills her former lover Schlemil in a duel, to
the key to her room. He hurries back to her, but finds she has left
Dapertutto. Mad with rage, he flings the key against her mirror.
cracks, and his reflection reappears. He has regained his
The Tale Of Antonia :
As a mature artist and poet, Hoffmann falls in love with Antonia.
mother, a singer, has already died of consumption (Tuberculosis).
her father, through grief at his wife's death, is now the half-mad
of a formerly great conductor. Crespel keeps his daughter in
on an island in the Greek Archipelago and forbids her to aggravate
own weakness by singing. He also forbids his deaf servant Franz to
either Hoffmann or the quack Dr. Miracle who killed his wife.
misunderstands, and in turn shows them in. Hoffmann realises Antonia
ill, and she promises him not to sing again. Dr. Miracle persuades her
is her mother's wish she should disobey. She does so, and dies in his
The Epilogue :
On the stage of the Opera House, it is the finale of the Stella Ballet.
the tavern Hoffmann's audience is spellbound. Hoffmann's tales are
and with the telling Hoffmann finds his true destiny as a poet.
appears at the door of the tavern and looks down at him. But Lindorf,
has also understood the meaning of the Tales goes to meet her and
they pass out into the town.
Tags for The Tales of Hoffmann Full Movie
, Edmond Audran
, Frederick Ashton
, Léonide Massine
, Lionel Harris
, Ludmilla Tchérina
, Meinhart Maur
, Mogens Wieth
, Moira Shearer
, Pamela Brown
, Philip Leaver
, Robert Helpmann
, Robert Rounseville
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