Posted on March 30, 2015
The lavish dance opera film The Tales of Hoffmann has been released on DVD in a specially restored edition.
Released in 1951, The Tales of Hoffmann was the follow-up to the hugely successful ballet movie The Red Shoes (1948), which made a star of ballerina Moira Shearer (pictured). Directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger brought back dancers Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Léonide Massine and Ludmilla Tcherina, with the addition of Frederick Ashton as choreographer and dancer.
The movie, filmed with Powell and Pressburger’s trademark intense colours and feverish imagery, has been newly restored. Newly discovered sequences from Act III and the Epilogue, missing from previous versions of the film, were discovered at the BFI and put back into the film.
After its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, the film is now available on DVD from StudioCanal’s Vintage Classic Collection.
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