|Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger||Country: UK|
|Cast: Moira Shearer, Ludmilla Tchérina, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann||Production Year: 1951|
Newly restored version of Powell and Pressburger’s visually sumptuous and colourful adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s final, unfinished opera, Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
Often seen as a companion piece to Powell and Pressburger’s earlier (and equally masterful) Red Shoes, the film shares many key personnel as the poet Hoffmann tells tales of three women who break his heart: a mechanical performing doll, a courtesan, and a singer.
“[A] ravishing symphony of sight and sound.” ★★★★★ The Guardian