Directors Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Producers Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Screenwriters Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
With Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina
UK distribution STUDIOCANAL
Restored by The Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique partnership between the Directors Guild of America (DGA); the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA); the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique (SACEM); and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), The Film Foundation, and the Louis B. Mayer Foundation.
Moira Shearer...Stella / Olympia
"This a film version of the opera The Tales of Hoffmann, however it is NOT just a film of a staged performance. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (and the rest of 'The Archers') work their usual magic here. The opera dramatises the three great romances in the life of the poet-hero presented in a series of flashbacks. Hoffmann's tales depict the struggle between human love and the artist's dedication to his work. Hoffmann loses each of the women he loves but gains instead poetic inspiration -- the ability to transform painful experiences into art." [Source]