‘Intoxicating, expressionistic… puts most of its modern rivals to shame.’ – The Guardian. The Tales of Hoffmann has been beautifully restored in 4k by The Film Foundation, supervised by Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker and Ned Price. Newly discovered sequences from Act III and the Epilogue, which were missing from previously released versions of the film, were found in the nitrate material held at the BFI and put back into the film as directors Powell and Pressburger originally intended.
Metropolitan opera star Robert Rounseville plays Hoffmann, a university student who is spectacularly unlucky in affairs of the heart. Each of his love affairs with Olympia (Moira Shearer), an animated doll, Venetian courtesan Giulietta (Ludmilla Tchérina) and singer’s daughter Antonia (Ann Ayars) is doomed to failure due to circumstances far beyond our hero’s control. The entire film is shaped by Offenbach’s score, given a rousing rendition by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of the great Sir Thomas Beecham.
Composer: Jacques Offenbach
Hoffmann: Robert Rounseville
Antonia: Ann Ayars
Giulietta: Ludmilla Tchérina
Olympia: Moira Shearer
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Directors: Powell and Pressburger
Plus: Introduction from Martin Scorsese / Stills Gallery / Interview with Thelma Schoonmaker / Trailer
Picture: 1:33:1 1080p
Sound: Mono 2.0 PCM
Region code: B
Running time: 133 mins