The Tales of Hoffmann
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

As a work of pure, imaginative cinema, it comes close to genius.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

As intensely expressionistic as any film since Caligari, and at the same time a veritable nova of springtime élan, the movie inhabits a unique puppet-theater universe, and could seduce a eunuch.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]


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Donna Bowman
AV Club

One of the most completely realized marriages of color, movement, and music in the medium's history.

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Variety Staff

A lush, resplendent production that's a treat to eye and ear.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

It's a work of hysterical excess and flamboyant extravagance and it feels unlike pretty much anything else you will ever see in a cinema.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Hard to take, despite the clear personal commitment of director Michael Powell and the enormous amount of talent on display in the photography, set design, and choreography.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It sates the senses without striking any real dramatic fire.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Only the slightly muddled structure detracts from what is otherwise an audacious cinematic experiment.

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During the first intermission of a ballet in Nurnberg, students and other members of the audience retire across the street to a tavern for a quick beer before… More