Pure spectacle at Whanganui Film Society

By Anne-Marie McDonald

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SUMPTUOUS: A scene from the 1951 film, The Tales of Hoffmann.
SUMPTUOUS: A scene from the 1951 film, The Tales of Hoffmann.

Prepare to be dazzled as the Whanganui Film Society takes viewers on a sumptuous visual journey.

The Tales of Hoffmann, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, will screen on August 22.

Originally filmed in 1951, The Tales of Hoffmann - a filming of Jacques Offenbach's opera of the same name - has recently been restored. It tells three connected tales of a poet's amorous adventures.​

Time Out New York described it as a "dream for lovers of pure spectacle".

"One of the most visually sumptuous films ever shot... resplendent in primary colours and crammed with the painterly backdrops and sly camera tricks that were Powell's stock-in-trade. Comes close to genius as a shock of pure cinema."

The Tales of Hoffmann will screen at the Davis Theatre at 7pm on August 22. You must be a film society member to attend this screening. For more details, including membership, please visit www.whanganuifilmsociety.org.nz.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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