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The Tales of Hoffman

The Tales of Hoffman. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. 1951. ⚃

[five minutes pass]

Oh, this is really the opera? I kinda assumed that this was going to be an adaptation of the story (such as it is) or something. But, no, this looks like it’s going to be a pretty traditional filmed opera?

I mean, it’s not a filmed stage production — it’s very filmic, but very… stagey…?

OK, that’s fine by me.

[the end]

All the choons seem very familiar, so I’m guessing people use Offenbach’s music out of context all over the place?

Anyway, I couldn’t get into this. It’s technically very well made; it’s full of these amazing tricks and bits and bobs, and I’m guessing that if you’re really into the opera, you’d really be into this, but… I’m not and I’m not.

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