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The Tales of Hoffmann

Reino Unido, 1951
Fantasía, Musical, Música


A poet dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer—all of whom break his heart in different ways. Powell and Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind classic.

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The Tales of Hoffmann Dirigida por Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger


Cannes Film Festival

1951 | Ganador: Special Award

Berlin International Film Festival

1951 | 2 victorias incluyendo: Silver Bear for Best Musical

Academy Awards

1952 | 2 nominaciones incluyendo: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color

The film is everything extravagant about the Archers distilled, amplified, and sustained for two hours with feverish devotion. Powell spoke of what he called a “composed film,” in which vivid imagery was set to music to create an operatic cinema. They had done sequences like that before—the dialogue-free ballet in The Red Shoes, or the climax of Black Narcissus. But suppose you tried it for an entire film?
November 03, 2017
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The movie that inspired such diverse directors as Cecil B. DeMille, Martin Scorsese, andGeorge Romero, “The Tales of Hoffmann,” directed by partners Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a dream of opera fully-realized, utilizing dance and music and extraordinary production design in ways that still seem radical and unprecedented.
March 11, 2015
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No harm in being ahistorical—by reimagining a 19th-century opera as a magnificent, choreographed revel, Powell and Pressburger repeat their Red Shoes feat. The movie’s in its sixties, but refuses to age: screen it in schools, and all the handwringing about the limited and graying audience of certain artforms may be replaced by healthy youthful clapping.
March 11, 2015
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