The Tales of Hoffmann

Synopsis: This a film version of the opera "The Tales of Hoffmann", however it is NOT just a film of a staged performance. 'Michael Powell' & Emeric Pressburger (and the rest of "The Archers") work their usual magic here. The opera dramatises the three great romances in the life of the poet-hero presented in a series of flashbacks. Hoffmann's tales depict the struggle between human love and the artist's dedication to his work. Hoffmann loses each of the women he loves but gains instead poetic inspiration -- the ability to transform painful experiences into art.
Production: Rialto Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
 
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Year:
1951
128 min
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Some drink, drink, drink, drink, drink

Do you hear us about

You lazy lout

We want some beer

We want some wine

We want some wine

We want some beer

We want some wine

We want some beer

We want some wine

Pour out the wine

and drink and drink till morning

Pour out the wine

for drinking is divine

It is divine

Pour out the wine

and drink and drink till morning

Pour out the wine

Pour out the wine

And drink

for drinking is divine

We want some wine

and drink till morning

We want some wine

and drink till morning

We want some wine

We want some wine

And drink and drink till morning

We want some wine

Good day, my friends

Good day

A chair, a glass of wine

and a pipe

Excuse me, Master

if you don 't mind

I'll sit and drink and smoke

same as you

Fair's fair

- How true

Make a place for two

Come on, make a place for two

Nott' e giorno mal dormire

The devil take you and Mozart

At once, sir

What makes you so put out

Indeed we never would have known you

Now what on earth

brought that about

Frozen earth all dead or dying

There in the snow buried deep

And outside where he was lying

The sight of a drunkard asleep

That's true

Seeing him there

a craving seized my brain

For drinking

Yes, drinking

Then do the same

Lie down there in the ditch

- And for a pillow

- The pavement

- And for a roof

- The sky

- What about sheets

- The rain

Are you having nightmares, Hoffmann

The first song is yours then

Don 't make us ask again

The chorus leave to us

Yes, leave that to us

Right

Choose something that's gay

Sing the song of the rat

No, we're all sick of that

I know

We'll have to have

the one about Kleinzach

Oh, yes, come on

We'll have the song about Kleinzach

Right

Here's Kleinzach

Now long ago

the duke of renowned Eisenach

The duke of Eisenach

Employed a tiny clown

with the name of Kleinzach

He had the name Kleinzach

He wore a busby big and black

And his noddle

his noddle did go crick-crack

Crick-crack

Crick-crack

So that's

So that's Kleinzach

- Crick-crack

- Crick-crack

- Crick-crack

- Crick-crack

So that's

So that's

Kleinzach

He also had a paunch

quite as stout as a stack

As stout as any stack

His feet looked just like twigs

sticking out of a sack

Like twigs in any sack

He capered like a jumping jack

And his knees cracked together

And went click-clack

Click-clack

Click-clack

So that's

So that's Kleinzach

- Click-clack

- Click-clack

- Click-clack

- Click-clack

So that's

So that's

Kleinzach

Now what words

What words to paint those features

Now what words to paint those features

Now what words

What words to paint those features

To paint those features

Past comparing

She is there

Fair

Fair as dawn of the day

When love first bade me dare

to leave the home of my youth

And in my heart to swear

I would fly far away

to a world we could share

Oh, her hair

Oh, her hair with its curls entwining

Shed a warmth where the snow

of her bosom was shining

Her eyes, her eyes

unfathomed lakes of blue

Spread around where she trod

A reflection as true

And as our pageant car

By cupids all attended

Sped on with ne'er a jar

Her voice with triumph blended

While mortals held their breath

Sang out with heavenly art

While mortals held their breath

She sang with heavenly art

Till echoes melt in death

Resounding

Through

My heart

Oh, Stella

Three women blended as one

Three souls

United as one

True artist

Tender maiden

And courtesan

My mistress

No, no, rather say my three

Three magic visions fair to see

Of all my life they claimed a part

Would you hear

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Dennis Arundell

Dennis Drew Arundell OBE (22 July 1898 in Finchley, London – 10 December 1988 in Camden, London) was a British actor, librettist, opera scholar, translator, producer, director, conductor and composer of incidental music. more…

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