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The Tales of Hoffmann 1952 Moira Shearer

Model: V814

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  • Shipping Weight: 174g


Product Description

Packaging : Brand new Sealed. Packaging in the new compact hard Cardboard slip-cover packing (see Picture)

Audio System: Dolby Digital

Main Cast: Moira Shearer, Ludmilla Tchérina, Anne Ayars, Pamela Brown, Léonide Massine

Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Audio Language: English

Subtitle: Chinese, English

Region Code: All coded (Able to play in all Dvd player and Dvd rom in Laptop)

Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Description:



As adaptations go, this 1951 film is the best compromise currently available on video and will always be a classic in its own right, even when a more faithful treatment becomes available. It drops some of Offenbach's music and includes some that is spurious, and it changes the plot (Hoffman's beloved Stella is made a dancer--Moira Shearer--not a singer). But at least it treats the story with affection, imagination, and technical expertise. The music presents only highlights of the score, but it is in the hands of a great conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham. The movie is essentially the work of the same team that produced The Red Shoes (directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger); it has the same kind of imaginative appeal and its technical resourcefulness is still exciting, still on the cutting edge despite its age. I expect eventually to add a more faithful Tales of Hoffmann to my video collection, but I will never stop enjoying this one



In Jacques Offenbach's fantasy opera, the poet E.T.A. Hoffmann dreams of three women - a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren who steals his reflection, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer - all of whom break his heart in different Ways.




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