The Tales of Hoffmann
Essential Art House
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Production year: 1951
Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 715515-050616
Running time: 2:07 (127 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: September 15, 2009
Collection type: Owned (#6110)
Status: Available
Purchase date: September 15, 2009
Purchase price: Hidden
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Overview
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story. In Jacques Offenbach’s fantasy opera The Tales of Hoffmann, a poet dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer—all of whom break his heart in different ways. Powell and Pressburger’s feverishly romantic adaptation is a feast of music, dance, and visual effects, and one of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced.
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Drama
Music
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Media Companies:
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Audio format
English 
Subtitles
 
Features
 
Crew
Direction
Michael Powell....Director
Emeric Pressburger....Director
Writing
Dennis Arundell....Writer
Jules Barbier....Original Material By
Michael Powell....Writer
Emeric Pressburger....Writer
Production
Michael Powell....Producer
Emeric Pressburger....Producer
Cinematography
Christopher Challis....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Reginald Mills....Film Editor
Music
Jacques Offenbach....Composer
Sound
Ted Drake....Sound
John Cox....Sound
Art
Hein Heckroth....Production Designer
Arthur Lawson....Art Director
Constance Reeve....Make-up Artist
Ivy Baker....Costume Designer
Cast
Sung By
Robert Rounseville....E.T.A. Hoffmann (voice)
Dorothy Bond....Olympia (voice)
Margherita Grandi....Giulietta (voice)
Ann Ayars....Antonia (voice)
Monica Sinclair....Nicklaus (voice)
Joan Alexander....Antonia's Mother (voice)
Grahame Clifford....Spalanzani/Franz (voice)
Bruce Dargavel....Lindorf/Coppelius/Dapertutto (voice)
Murray Dickie....Cochenille/Pitichinaccio (voice)
Owen Brannigan....Schlemil/Crespel (voice)
Fisher Morgan....Luther (voice)
Rene Soames....Nathaniel (voice)
The Sadler's Wells Chorus.... (voice)
Edmond Audran....Ballet Dancer
Characters in the Prologue
Robert Rounseville....E.T.A. Hoffmann
Pamela Brown....Nicklaus
Robert Helpmann....Councillor Lindorf
Moira Shearer....Stella
Philip Leaver....Andreas
Frederick Ashton....Kleinzach
Moira Shearer....His Lady-Love
Meinhart Maur....Luther
The Tale of Olympia
Moira Shearer....Olympia
Robert Rounseville....Hoffmann
Robert Helpmann....Coppelius
Leonide Massine....Spalanzani
Frederick Ashton....Cochenille
The Tale of Giulietta
Ludmilla Tcherina....Giulietta
Robert Helpmann....Dapertutto
Robert Rounseville....Hoffmann
Leonide Massine....Schlemil
Lionel Harris....Pitichinaccio
The Tale of Antonia
Ann Ayars....Antonia
Mogens Wieth....Crespel
Robert Rounseville....Hoffmann
Leonide Massine....Franz
Robert Helpmann....Doctor Miracle