Blog: What Dreams May Come….

When you think of the rapid rise of technology, war inundating the news and the youth of the nation trying to find new means of expression through fashion and art, you would think I was describing present day America.  Although it does describe our current situation, I am referring to France in the 1920’s, more specifically Paris.  Culturally referred to as the “Roaring 20’s”, this era was recovering from a world war, experiencing massive technological advances and a youth bourgeoning with creativity.


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Taking Savannah Theater-Goers for a Trip

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The Beast wasn’t nearly as scary with his French accent and dandified attire, and the surrounding costumes, scenery and music of his La Belle et la Bête more closely resembled The Children’s Golden Book of Fairy Tales than it did any typical Disney confection. Thank goodness.

The nighttime film screening of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film realization of The Beauty and the Beast was part of an all-day film feast, presented by the Lucas in conjunction with Twilight Visions, a summer-to-fall exhibition of surrealist Parisian photographs at the Jepson Center.

Jean Cocteau was inspired by Vermeer oil paintings and the fairy tale’s original engravings by Gustave Dore in La Belle et la Bête’s fantastical set design and cinematography. Like Dutch art and storybook illustrations, Cocteau’s film evoked a child-like sense of wonder in the Lucas Theater audience last Saturday evening.


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