The Tales of Hoffmann
by Jacques Offenbach
in a 1950's movie version is now touring the U.S. in a restored version.
...Combining music, dance and cinema into a captivating whole in lush Technicolor, this gem of British cinema can now be seen in a new digital restoration that is the most complete version ever seen in the U.S. “The Tales of Hoffmann” was restored by the Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive in association with Studiocanal. The restoration was supervised by Powell’s widow, the film editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell; Martin Scorsese; and Ned Price of Warner Bros. It will have its U.S. theatrical premiere starting Friday at New York’s Film Forum and the Cinefamily in Los Angeles, before traveling to cities including Boston, Chicago, Washington, Seattle, Santa Fe, N.M., San Francisco and Berkeley, Calif....
It was Sir Thomas Beecham, who had conducted music for “The Red Shoes,” who first suggested that Powell and Pressburger film Jacques Offenbach’s opera adapted from a play based on tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The score, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Beecham’s baton using an English version of the libretto, was prerecorded, making it unnecessary to use a blimp to muffle the noise of the three-strip Technicolor camera. “The Tales of Hoffmann” was thus made with the freedom of a silent movie