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December 10    Astoria, NY    MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE
Rialto Pictures 20th Anniversary Screening
Introduced by Thelma Schoonmaker

The Tales of Hoffmann Play Dates

About

United Kingdom, 1951
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Producer: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cast: Robert Rounseville, Moira Shearer, Ludmilla Tchérina, Robert Helpmann
Screenwriter: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Based on the opera by Jacques Offenbach
English libretto by Dennis Arundell from the French text by Jules Barbier

Cinematography: Christopher Challis
Music: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham (Conductor)
Genre: Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Language: English
Running Time: 133 minutes

Synopsis:
Newly restored version of the 1951 Powell and Pressburger classic, based on the 1881 opera by Jacques Offenbach. An anthology of fantastic and romantic adventures, recounted by the fableist Hoffmann (Robert Rounseville) and featuring Moira Shearer (The Red Shoes), Ludmilla Tchérina, and Ann Ayars. The film has been singled out by both Martin Scorsese and George A. Romero as a major influence on their own work.

Awards and Recognition:
Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Color, Best Costume Design nominations (Academy Awards, 1952)
Silver Bear, Best Musical (Berlin International Film Festival, 1951)
Prix Exceptionnel (Cannes Film Festival, 1951)
4K Restoration Official Selection of the New York Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, London BFI Film Festival, Lyon Lumière Film Festival, and Glasgow Film Festival, 2014

Reviews and Quotes 2

"The movie that made me want to make movies! My favorite film of all time!"
— George Romero

"This 1951 film belongs to a bewildering number of categories. It's lip-sync opera, multilayered meta-theatre (indeed, a dizzyingly baroque exercise in overt artifice), a kitsch extravaganza of luridly colored design and
a keenly musical ballet."
— Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

"Powell and Pressburger's skill and imagination produced a work that represents the pinnacle of cinematic art!"
— Kristin M. Jones,
The Wall Street Journal

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