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: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Most if not all of these performers have since died; here, they live on.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

A gorgeous (2015) digital restoration. A fun, wittily directed and technically impressive achievement.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The film will never rank among my favorites in the careers of these filmmakers, but filmmaking legends as diverse as Cecil B. DeMille, Martin Scorsese and George A. Romero all adore it ...

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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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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Encore!

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

"Hoffmann" is an immersive aesthetic experience best thought of as an art form all its own.

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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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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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Walter M.
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