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Uploaded by : Marc Lafia | 10/27/08

  • Title:
    Tales of Hoffman
  • Artist:
    Michael Powell
  • Year:
  • Description:
    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 film, The Tales of Hoffmann represents the most successful example of this approach. Powell told his conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham, that he wanted a “performance, not a recording,” and used non-operatic singers performing in English to give the film a more down-to-earth feel (Michael Powell, quoted in Citron, p. 116). On the commentary track to the Criterion Collection’s DVD release of The Tales of Hoffmann, Martin Scorsese suggests that this helps the audience to get use to the disorienting effects of the nonstop singing (Scorsese, Hoffmann).
  • Disciplines and Movements:
    International Film and Opera
  • Themes and Tags:
    quirky, perverse, distorted, violent and pioneering

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