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The Tales of Hoffmann

Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell Run Time: 128 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1951

Starring: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Robert Helpmann, Ludmilla Tcherina

In this film adaptation of the Offenbach opera, a young poet named Hoffmann (Robert Rounseville) broods over his failed romances. First, his affair with the beautiful Olympia (Moira Shearer) is shattered when he realizes that she is really a mechanical woman designed by a scientist. Next, he believes that a striking prostitute loves him, only to find out she was hired to fake her affections by the dastardly Dapertutto (Robert Helpmann). Lastly, a magic spell claims the life of his final lover.