The Tales of Hoffman
1951, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK, 135 min.
With Richard Rounseville, Moira Shearer
- Sun, Jul 19th 3:00pm
- Wed, Jul 22nd 6:00pm
“They don't make films like THE TALES OF HOFFMANN anymore. In fact, they never have...You have to see it to believe it, but it's so delirious you may not believe it even after you've seen it.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“A hothouse flower of pure orchidaceous strangeness...It is sensual, macabre, dreamlike and enigmatic: like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Reuniting RED SHOES auteurs Powell and Pressburger with production designer Hein Heckroth and prima ballerina Moira Shearer, THE TALES OF HOFFMANN is an even more extravagant plunge into the domains of dance, artifice, passion, and Technicolor. Although it never attained the wide appeal of its predecessor, HOFFMANN has acquired a more devoted cult, including Martin Scorsese, who obsessively screened it over and over, and George A. Romero, who called it “my favorite film of all time.” Jacques Offenbach’s opera imagines German fantasy writer E.T.A. Hoffmann (Rounseville) as the protagonist of three macabre tales of love and doom, the first involving a Parisian automaton (Shearer), the second a Venetian temptress (Ludmilla Tchérina), the third a consumptive singer (Ann Ayars) on a Greek island. 4K DCP digital restoration from Rialto Pictures, supervised by Thelma Schoonmaker and featuring six minutes of previously unseen footage. (MR)