The Tales of Hoffman (1951)

Powell and Pressburger direct Robert Helpmann, Ludmilla Tchérina and Moira Shearer in this cinematic opera following the three fantastical romances of a gothic poet.

I ain’t an opera guy. I found massive swathes of this indecipherable. Yet I let the stunning visuals wash over me. They are camp, chintzy, horrific and gaudy. Moira Shearer as always is delectable, and gets loads of opportunities to show off her balletic prowess. You are going to see things here no other film has ever attempted. Dreamscapes. Yet I couldn’t recount the plot to you for toffee.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.