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The tales of Hoffmann : a fantastic opera

Author: Michael PowellEmeric PressburgerDennis ArundellJules BarbierRobert RounsevilleAll authors
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2005]
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 317.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Special edView all editions and formats
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Powell and Pressburger merge film with opera and dance to tell the tale of a poet who dreams of three women who all break his heart. He tells "the three tales of my folly of love"--In Paris, when he fancied himself in love with Olympia, who turned out to be a life-sized doll; in Venice, when bewitched by a beautiful courtesan; and on a Grecian isle, in love with daughter of a singer and conductor.
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Ballet films
Drama
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Opera films
Named Person: E T A Hoffmann; E T A Hoffmann; E T A Hoffmann
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Powell; Emeric Pressburger; Dennis Arundell; Jules Barbier; Robert Rounseville; Moira Shearer; Ludmila Tcherina; Ann Ayars; Pamela Brown; Leonide Massine; Robert Helpmann, Sir; Frederick Ashton; Jacques Offenbach; Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus.; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.; London Films.; British Lion Films.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 0780021126 9780780021129
OCLC Number: 62792833
Language Note: In English, with optional English subtitles (SDH).
Notes: Originally produced in 1951 at London Film Studio, Shepperton, England.
Special edition features: commentary with Martin Scorsese and Bruce Eder, interview with George A. Romero, production designer Hein Heckroth's sketches and paintings, gallery of archival production and publicity photographs, original theatrical trailer; The sorcerer's apprentice : an old tale / retold by Michael Powell (13 min. ; 1951) a short musical film directed by Michael Powell based on the Goethe story. In the booklet: a new essay by film historian Ian Christie.
Credits: Conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham ; film design, Hein Heckroth ; photography, Christopher Challis ; art direction, Arthur Lawson ; editor, Reginald Mills ; choreography, Frederick Ashton.
Cast: Robert Rounseville, Moira Shearer, Ludmilla Tcherina, Ann Ayars, Pamela Brown, Leonide Massine, Robert Helpmann, Frederick Ashton, Mogens Wieth.
Performer(s): Singers: Robert Rounseville, Dorothy Bond, Margherita Grandi, Ann Ayers, Monica Sinclair, Joan Alexander, Grahame Clifford, Bruce Dargavel, Murray Dickie, Owen Brannigan, Fisher Morgan, Rene Soames, The Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Description: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (19 cm).
Details: DVD, NTSC; mono, Dolby digital.
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 317.
Other Titles: Sorcerer's apprentice.
Tales of Hoffmann (Motion picture : 1951)
Jacques Offenbach's the tales of Hoffmann
Powell and Pressburger's the tales of Hoffmann
Responsibility: London Films present ; a Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger production ; English libretto by Dennis Arundell ; from the French text by Jules Barbier ; written, produced, and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ; British Lion Films.
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Powell and Pressburger merge film with opera and dance to tell the tale of a poet who dreams of three women who all break his heart. He tells "the three tales of my folly of love"--In Paris, when he fancied himself in love with Olympia, who turned out to be a life-sized doll; in Venice, when bewitched by a beautiful courtesan; and on a Grecian isle, in love with daughter of a singer and conductor.

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