Wednesday, June 29

Showtime: 7:30 PM

Chautauqua Auditorium

$12.00 ($6.00 Concert Member & children under 12)

Jean Cocteau’s adaptation of de Beaumont’s fairy-tale is a sublime telling in visual delight how the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast. The visions of enchantment, desire and death in “Beauty and the Beast” (“La Belle et la Bête”) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder. Crossing the forest one dark and stormy evening, Belle’s father gets lost and takes refuge in a fantastical castle. Upon leaving, he steals a blossom off a rose bush, which his daughter requested. The castle’s resident, an angry beast, sentences him to one of two options for the theft of the rose: his own death, or that of one of his daughters. As she feels she is the cause of her father’s predicament Belle sacrifices herself to the beast. This is a fairy tale that both a child can appreciate for its romance and beauty, and a parent for its beauty, intelligence and use of metaphor. Inspired by the beauty of this 1946 film, Philip Glass in 1995 wrote an opera to be sung while screening Cacteau’s film.

Running time: 93 minutes, with English sub-titles.