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|Sunday, March 6th, 2011|
|Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010|
|Tuesday, January 19th, 2010|
I made icons for The Tales of Hoffmann
! They're over HERE
. I'll be making more P&P icons very soon.
|Monday, December 28th, 2009|
Tales of Hoffmann
Hi, I posted this over on movie_greats
, and etherealtb
asked if I'd post it here too, so here goes!
I'm guessing that most people will be familiar with The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death
and Black Narcissus
, so I thought I'd review one of Powell and Pressburger's less known films (undeservedly so in my opinion), The Tales of Hoffmann
It's basically the film of Offenbach's wonderful opera, the only difference being that it's translated into English. But don't let that put you off if you're not an opera fan! The cast is full of noted dancers and singers, preserving a sense of theatricality, but Powell and Pressburger make full use of their wonderful imaginations to really expand on the fantasy world of the opera. The use of colour is fantastic, and the sets are gorgeous. If that wasn't enough, the film is well worth watching for Robert Helpmann's Amazing Eyes of Doom alone:
The basic plot synopsis is that Hoffmann, a poet, is passing the time with his friends in a tavern, waiting for his mistress, the prima ballerina Stella, to show up. To pass the time, he tells the story of the three great loves of his life, and how each affair resulted in disaster. Olympia, who turns out to be an automaton. Giulietta, a Venician courtesan, who tricks him into giving away his reflection. Antonia, a young woman with a beautiful voice, who risks her life if she sings. It's fantasy cinema at its best. This is one of my favourite scenes: Moira Shearer as Olympia:
|Thursday, April 23rd, 2009|
|Sunday, June 15th, 2008|
Just to say Hi
I just came across this community, and I decided to join, so this is just to say hello *waves*
I first got into P and P films back in 1989, with Colonel Blimp. I pretty much wore out the tape I had, watching it over and over, falling for Anton Walbrook and admiring Roger Livesey and the splendid colour and the clever idea of three Deborah Kerr parts.
Then I saw Contraband, and The Spy in Black... Conrad Veidt is totally amazing! I spent most of the 90s searching out Veidt and Walbrook films, both P and P and others. Back then, Channel 4 was showing loads of old British films, and I wallowed in them.
I saw A Matter of Life and Death twice in the same week on TV, without realising what it was... the beginning is so surreal, and the first time, I came in where Peter is on the beach, and it was so weird and fantastic I didn't know what to make of it.
I caught the Small Back Room, and really liked it, and read the book, too. I bought both Powell and Pressburger's bio/autobios. I've searched out what I can about Anton and Conrad, and Roger Livesey and David Farrar. And I adore The Red Shoes. I've even managed to get the original novel, which is quite interesting, and somewhat different from the film.
It's a shame Channel 4 doesn't show those old film much any more. But I recently read an article in The Times, about a kids Film Club project, where they'd shown The Red Shoes to the kids, and some of them were really enthused about it, even though they couldn't bear to watch it all the way through. So I reckon there's hope for us yet :-)
Current Mood: pleased
|Thursday, June 12th, 2008|
The Small Back Room
I'm so excited to see this new community. I fell in love with Powell and Pressburger when I saw The Red Shoes
a few years back and I've sought out a lot of their films since!
I'm sure that most of you know about this, but just in case, I thought I'd mention that Criterion is going to be releasing The Small Back Room
I can't wait because I've yet to see this one.
|Friday, May 30th, 2008|
Marius Goring's grave.
I tracked down Marius Goring's grave in a tiny village in East Sussex. A beautiful spot and worth the long drive to reach it.
|Thursday, May 29th, 2008|
Welcome, Powell & Pressburger fans!!!
This LJ group is being set up for fans of the great British filmakers, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger!
Please forgive the lack of info here so far, but we will be updating ASAP.