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: April 4, 1951
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 86% 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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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

A pinnacle of Technicolor expressionism, The Tales of Hoffmann is one of history's strangest, most sumptuous somethings-you-don't-see-every-day.

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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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Monthly Film Bulletin

The obvious care and effort that have gone into Hoffmann, the sometimes memorably contrived passages of virtuosity in the first half, make one reluctant to insist on the collapse of the work as a whole.

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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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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Broome
The famed Powell/Pressburger team bring us an opulent staging of Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman," an opera divided into three parts in which… More
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