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The tales of Hoffmann [videorecording]

The tales of Hoffmann [videorecording]

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Moving imageUse in library *MGZIA 4-1578Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance


Additional Authors
  • Shearer, Moira, 1926-2006
  • Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986
  • Massine, Leonide, 1896-1979
  • Ashton, Frederick, 1904-1988
  • Tcherina, Ludmila
  • Brown, Pamela, 1917-1975.
  • Audran, Edmond, 1920-1952.
  • Pressburger, Emeric, 1902-1988
  • Heckroth, Hein.
  • Arundell, Dennis, 1898-1988.
  • Beecham, Thomas, Sir, 1879-1961.
  • Barbier, Jules, 1825-1901.
  • Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880.
  • Wright, John.
  • Powell, Michael, 1905-1990
1 videocassette. 125 min. : sd. color NTSC.; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Film adaptation of the opera, with many roles doubled by off-screen singers and on-screen dancers or mimes. The poet Hoffmann, awaiting the arrival of his present lover Stella, relates three tales of his past ill-fated loves.
  • Motion picture originally released in 1951 by Janus Films; restored version re-issued as a videotape by Home Vision, a Films Incorporated Company. Presented by London Films. Producers/directors/writers: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Photography: Christopher Challis.
  • Choreography: Frederic Ashton. Music: Jacques Offenbach. Libretto: English version by Dennis Arundell, after the original by Jules Barbier. Design: Hein Heckroth.
  • Cast (name of off-screen singer follows on-screen dancer/actor where applicable): Characters appearing in all acts: Robert Rounseville (Hoffmann), Pamela Brown/Monica Sinclair (Nicklaus). Prologue and epilogue: Moira Shearer (Stella/Kleinzack's lady-love), Robert Helpmann (Lindorf), Frederick Ashton (Kleinzack), others; "Enchanted dragonfly ballet" in prologue danced by Shearer and Edmond Audran. Act I: Shearer/Dorothy Bond (Olympia), Léonide Massine/Graham Clifford (Spalanzani), Helpmann/Bruce Dargavel (Coppélius), Ashton/Murray Dickie (Cochenille); John Wright's Marionettes. Act II: Ludmilla Tcherina/Margherita Grandi (Giulietta), Helpmann/Dargavel (Dapertutto), Massine/Richard Standen (Schlemil), Lionel Harris/Dickie (Pitichinaccio). Act III: Ann Ayars (Antonia), Mogens Wieth/Owen Brannigan (Crespel), Massine/Clifford (Franz), Helpmann/Dargavel (Dr. Miracle), Jean Alexander (mother's voice). Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham; Sadler's Wells Chorus.
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-1578
  • 82239166
  • NYPY936037933-F
The tales of Hoffmann [videorecording]
Local Subject
Ballet in motion pictures. Tales of Hoffmann.
Opera ballet. Contes d'Hoffmann.
Puppets and marionettes -- England.
Added Author
Shearer, Moira, 1926-2006, dancer.
Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986, dancer.
Massine, Leonide, 1896-1979, dancer.
Ashton, Frederick, 1904-1988, choreographer, dancer.
Tcherina, Ludmila, dancer.
Brown, Pamela, 1917-1975. Performer
Audran, Edmond, 1920-1952. Performer
Pressburger, Emeric, 1902-1988, screenwriter.
Pressburger, Emeric, 1902-1988, film director.
Pressburger, Emeric, 1902-1988, film producer.
Heckroth, Hein. Designer
Arundell, Dennis, 1898-1988. Librettist
Beecham, Thomas, Sir, 1879-1961. Conductor
Barbier, Jules, 1825-1901. Librettist
Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880. Composer
Wright, John.
Powell, Michael, 1905-1990, screenwriter.
Powell, Michael, 1905-1990, film director.
Powell, Michael, 1905-1990, film producer.
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-1578
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