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The Tales of Hoffmann
Capsule by Dave Kehr
From the Chicago Reader
Hard to take, despite the clear personal commitment of director Michael Powell and the enormous amount of talent on display in the photography, set design, and choreography (1953). Powell had made The Red Shoes five years earlier; here he was clearly hoping to expand the style of the final ballet segment into feature length. But without dramatic grounding Powell's voluptuous visuals seem empty, and his manic inventiveness operates in a void. Still, Offenbach's opera does serve Powell's themes remarkably well, and the film has its articulate defenders. With Robert Rounseville, Robert Helpmann, Pamela Brown, Moira Shearer, and Frederick Ashton.
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