Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this one-of-a-kind take on a classic story. In Jacques Offenbach's fantasy opera The Tales of Hoffmann, a poet dreams of three women-a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled siren, and the consumptive daughter of a famous composer-all of whom break his heart in different ways. Powell and Pressburger's feverishly romantic adaptation is a feast of music, dance, and visual effects, and one of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced.
Audio commentary by director Martin Scorsese and film music historian Bruce Eder
New video interview with director George A. Romero
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1956), a short musical film directed by Michael Powell, based on the Goethe story
Rare collection of production designer Hein Heckroth's design sketches and paintings
Gallery of archival production and publicity photographs