La Belle et la Bête

La Belle et la Bête
  • 1946
  • France
  • 1h 36min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jean Cocteau
  • Cast: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély
  • Language: French

The story of a young girl who takes her father's place as prisoner to a wealthy beast. With the original soundtrack (including dialogue) stripped and replaced with music from Philip Glass.

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La Belle et la Bête

Minimalist composer Philip Glass’s magical reimagining of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 La Belle et la Bête combines the classic black and white film with live performance in a Šsophisticated work that is at once a touching fairy tale and a meditation on creativity. Removing the film’s original dialogue track and score by Georges Auric, Glass replaces them with his own scintillating music, played live by the Philip Glass Ensemble, the dialogue sung by vocalists synchonised live with the screen. The result boldly harnesses movie technology to create a stunning synthesis of opera and film, as Cocteau’s bewitching storytelling is matched by some of Glass’s most evocative music in an unforgettable tale of love triumphing over greed.

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