The Tales of Hoffmann
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

Most baby-boomers are familiar with the Powell-Pressburger production of the Offenbach opera Tales of Hoffman only through the full-color stills from the film which were reproduced in the "Motion Picture" section of The World Book… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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TV Guide's Movie Guide

While the dizzying array of design elements and magnificent vocal performances is impressive, 138 minutes is just too long to keep the interest of any but the pure opera devotee.

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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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Emanuel Levy

Lavishly mounted with some of the same actors of The Red Shoes, this filmed operetta is more impressive in its production design (Oscar nominated) than emotional impact.

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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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Sumptuous spectacle.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

As with The Red Shoes, the Archers achieve a truly amazing fantasy world, almost like a cartoon in which anything is possible.

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