The Odyssey of Offenbach at

A documentary retracing the prolific and little-known career of a man gifted with inexhaustible energy.

  • Robert Hatisi (Jacques Offenbach), Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Hortense Schneider) | Copyright: © FRA prod

    Robert Hatisi (Jacques Offenbach), Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Hortense Schneider) © FRA prod

Directed by François Roussillon, “L'Odyssée Offenbach” is the life story of a virtuoso musician and a composer of genius. Composer of a hundred lyric works, inventor of a typically French genre, the operetta, he was the king of Paris during the second empire.
Born in Cologne in 1819, the German Jewish teenager came to live in Paris at the age of fourteen and developed into “the most Parisian of composers” whose funeral took place in great pomp at the Madeleine in 1880.
Built around dramatized scenes that evoke moments in his life featuring real singers as Stéphanie d'Oustrac and Marianne Crebassa and actors as Robert Hatisi and Michel Fau, as well as interviews with historians, musicologists and artists, and dipping into numerous photo and video archives, the film brings Offenbach’s extraordinary adventure to life.

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ARTE premiered the film on December 29, 2019.

Duration 90 mins
Production Company ARTE France
Coproduction Company François Roussillon et Associés



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