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.‚Äč

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

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"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.