Confieso que me costó ver esta película, ya que no son precisamente un amante de la ópera como género. Dicho esto, nos encontramos con una película de gran belleza formal. Moira Shearer es un prodigio de la danza. Mi episodio favorito es el cuento dedicado a la cortesana Giulietta, interpretada por la sensual Ludmilla Tchérina. Alucinantes los polvos lanzados al aire en cámara lenta.
This is an extremely well executed homage of the extravagance of the late romantic opera stage—vivid (or, at least, ever-enchanting) scenery, compelling and ornate costume, and emphasis on the added elements of dancers on the stage. But, it left me wanting more—the tableaux of each scene presented like a concert, filmed and directed, and lacked, for me at least, the cinematic conviction I didn't realise I needed.
Undeniably unique and suffused with great craftsmanship in all areas of musical theater transformed to film. Although Jacques Offenbach isn't my favorite composer, and the operatic acting may seem strange to those expecting something from narrative movies, I can't deny it's a consummate production of dance/music/design in all its fantastical abundance. Powell and Pressburger aim very high and attain success.
Gorgeous and grandiose... as opera usually is. Masterfully shot in beautiful technicolor, it's extremely well choreographed and blocked out for the camera. It's fun and quite beautiful. Lovely performance and fantastical in nature. Very cool theatrical endeavor. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep in mind that this a theatrical piece and not a "movie." However, it's a delightful translation of opera to the screen.
Powell's and Pressburger's attempt to recreate the fantastical worlds of "Les contes d'Hoffmann" with the help of film effects is a clever move. A real achievement of the film is the projection of the narration into unrealistic and colourful spaces that underline the artificiality of the whole settings. Although some things appear a little oldfashioned today, the Olympia episode is a real highlight of filmed opera.
It might be a slight dig at the self-seriousness of poets and their muses, or at least I hope with an ending more comic than tragic. Or it could just be a vivid conception of fantasy, a resplendent display of colour and design, tangible proof of cinema's aura. Happy to foot the bridge between opera and I, and I have a lot of narrative problems I will dismiss for a work of such imagination.
Prix Spécial du Jury à Cannes, Prix de la Commission Supérieure Technique et Ours d'Argent à Berlin (1951), cette oeuvre fastueuse reste un monument incontournable dans l'histoire du cinéma, un véritable chef-d'oeuvre d'intelligence et de beauté, d'une finesse et d'une sensualité extrêmes, un vrai raffinement de l'esprit qui délivre, éblouissant et inoubliable, un enchantement permanent et durable. www.cinefiches.com