1955. Great Britain. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. 101 min.
Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1955. Great Britain. Written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. With Anthony Quayle, Anton Walbrook, Michael Redgrave, Ludmilla Tchérina, Mel Ferrer. Michael Powell made a number of sophisticated and sumptuous opera adaptations, including Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann with Emeric Pressburger in 1951 and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle on his own in 1964. While Powell and Pressburger’s rarely screened Oh…Rosalinda! may not have the cherished following of The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven), or Black Narcissus, this eye-popping widescreen Technicolor adaptation of Die Fledermaus, with an all-star cast led by Walbrook, Redgrave, and Tchérina, is nonetheless a truly cinematic effort at transposing Strauss’ comic opera of marital infidelity and masked and mixed identity to postwar Vienna during the Great Powers partition. Courtesy the BFI. 101 min.