Silver Screen: The Tales of Hoffman
Robert Rounseville, Robert Helpmann, Pamela Brown, Moira Shearer, Frederick Ashton & Leonide Massine
Director: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
Running Time: 138 minutes
Certificate: U - contains mild violence
Dedicated fortnightly screenings of contemporary and classic films. The ticket price includes a complimentary tea / coffee and biscuits
Prepare to be astonished by the audacity and inventiveness of Powell and Pressburger’s dazzling take on Jacques Offenbach’s 1881 opera. Drawing on some of the greatest film, music and dance talents of the period, they transform it into a musical phantasmagoria. This revelatory 4K restoration (containing previously unseen footage) from the original 3-strip Technicolor negative unleashes feverish colours straight from the candy box: a cacophony of clashing yellows and purples as disturbing as they are enchanting. Out of this decadent world of surreal, sensual delights Ludmilla Tchérina seduces us as a 19th-century dominatrix ; a menacing chorus of pan-sexual mannequins appear to have raided the dressing-up box of Marc Bolan and, most unsettling of all, there’s the image of Moira Shearer’s dismembered head as it blinks back at us.
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