Tales of Hoffmann
On the big screen, Moira Shearer may be best known for her role in The Red Shoes, but she also starred in another film, The Tales of Hoffmann, as Stella/Olympia. Inspired by Offenbach’s 1881 opera, the movie by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger also featured Shearer’s compatriots Robert Helpmann (Lindorf/Coppélius) and Frederick Ashton (Kleinsach/Cochenille) from Sadler’s Wells Ballet, along with Ludmilla Tcherina (Giuletta), Léonide Massine (Spalanzani/Franz), Ann Ayars, Pamela Brown, Mogens Wieth and Robert Rounseville. Originally released in 1951, The Tales of Hoffmann is currently undergoing a 4K restoration and, following its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, will be in cinemas from 27 February. The restored version will include some previously unseen footage.