ET LA BÊTE
The spellbinding powers of a silver screen
masterpiece are recast anew by an artist
who has redefined both film and music.
Jean Cocteau stands as the twentieth
century’s grand virtuoso of cinematic illusion,
and his 1946 film adaptation of the classic
Beauty and the Beast is an opalescent ode to
the transformative powers of love and art.
In a gesture across history from one master
to another, Philip Glass has worked his own
alchemical magic around this shimmering
spectacle. The modern maestro has
composed a classical opera, replacing the
film’s original soundtrack and dialogue.
Performed live by the Philip Glass Ensemble,
the result is an entirely unique synthesis of
opera and film.
Duration 1 hr 30 mins, no interval
IMAGE | Jean Cocteau, La Belle et la Bête
Production still courtesy of Janus Films