The Tales of Hoffmann in 4K

The Tales of Hoffmann in 4K

The very definition of magnificence, The Tales of Hoffmann is a groundbreaking creation of a new art form, painstakingly orchestrating the juxtaposition of two mediums: film and opera. Consisting of music conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra—which motivates fluidity in the stunning choreography between performers, cinematography, and storytelling—this innovative feature is an adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s 1881 opera of the same name, based on three of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s heartbreaking love stories. Each tale is presented in a different thematic color (yellow, red, and blue), realized through the Oscar-nominated art direction and costume designs of Hein Heckroth.

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. WITH: Moira Shearer, Ludmilla Tchérina, Ann Ayars, Robert Rounseville. 1951. 128 min. UK. Technicolor. English. 4K DCP. Restored by The Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive in association with Studiocanal.

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