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The Tales of Hoffmann

The Tales of Hoffmann(1951)

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  • The Tales of Hoffmann

    • Dashiell B.
    • 1/7/13

    A one-of-a-kind filmed adaptation of Offenbach's opera. A poet dreams of the three women who have broken his heart, including a mechanical doll, a courtesan & the daughter of a musical family. This film is a visual cavalcade in terms of cinematography, makeup and Oscar-nominated sets & costumes; however the grandiose visuals overshadow a dark story that the singers & dancers tell. Not for everybody, but still great entertainment. I give it a 4/5.

  • Dream-like excellence

    • John
    • 10/24/12

    A must see. Thank you for showing this great film. We are so lucky it survived to be shown on tcm.

  • Campy and fantastic, just like the opera

    • Rex Page
    • 4/17/11

    Great take on a delightfully over-the-top fantasy with great music. You can't turn it off, and want to see it again right away. Why isn't the DVD for sale from TCM?

  • Superb!

    • BlueBear
    • 4/17/11

    Although this isn't Grand Opera in the strict interpretation of 4-5 acts (Hoffman has 3), it is grand in every other sense! Every composer of opera must have had this in mind when he wrote his great opus. Powell and Pressburger spared no expense and the sets are extraordinary. The colors are magical and fit each story perfectly. I actually tuned in so I could watch Moira Shearer dance in the first act but I was so taken by the entire film that I stayed to see the entire opera. The actual beauty of the film is so transporting that you tend to veer from the story as you watch the film. For heaven's sake! There's even a lake! I don't want to fail to mention the beautiful music by Jacques Offenbach. The use of the haunting "Barcarolle" throughout is reason enough to see this film. This is, without any doubt whatsoever, the best film of its genre and, perhaps, one of the best films, visually, that you will see in a lifetime!

  • One of my all time favorites.

    • Bradley Ewart
    • 4/17/11

    This was probably the first movie of a full length opera that I ever saw. To me it was not at all confusing. Hoffman recounts the stories of his three loves. Beautiful music, dancing, and settings.

  • Terrific !!

    • Roger Brooner
    • 7/7/09

    I am a classic music lover, so it should be no surprise that I consider this moviethe greatest of all time, in this genre.Simply supreb, and a must for great music lovers.

  • Brilliantly Performed,but confusing.

    • J P Wilkinson Jr
    • 2/5/09

    This is a brilliantly performed rendition of the stories, but is very confusing. If someone is not familiar with the piece, it is even more difficult to follow. It would be helpful if you had a fuller synopsis.

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