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A live-action adaptation of Disney's version of the classic 'Beauty and the Beast' tale of a cursed prince and a beautiful young woman who helps him break the spell.
ActorsStarring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Nathan Mack, Hattie Morahan, Adrian Schiller, Gerard Horan, Haydn Gwynne, Ray Fearon, Clive Rowe, Thomas Padden, Alexis Loizon, Jimmy Johnston, Dean Street, Michael Jibson, Zoe Rainey, Jolyon Coy, Rudi Goodman, Henry Garrett, Harriet Jones, Sophie Reid, Rafaëlle Cohen, Carla Nella, Tom Oakley, Beth Willetts, Simone Sault, Mandy Montanez, Leo Andrew, Steven Butler, Daniel Ioannou, Dale Branston, Lynne Wilmot, Jane Fowler, D.J. Bailey, Rita Davies, Sharon Gomez, Daisy Duczmal, Harry Marcus, Oscar Francisco, Kai Gordon, Tom Burgering, Joey Brown, Freddie Hunter, Daniel Daszek-Green, Samuel Brown, Max Brophy, Skye Lucia Degruttola, Lara Decaro, Gemma Fray, Adelaide Morgan, Timia Julien-Box, Sonoya Mizuno, Abigayle Honeywill, Jazz Peters, Lily Frazer, Stephanie Elstob, Nicole O'Neill, Cassie Clare, Sophie Carmen-Jones, Sophia Brown, Leah West, Naomi Weijand, Jasmine Takacs, Ruth Steele, Lucy St Louis, Katie Singh, Kayla Radam, Courtney Pruce, Nicola Mooi, Anna Momcilovic, Samira Mighty, Fiona McDonald, Abiona Omonua, Cassie Macmillian, Emily Loumba, Jennifer Leung, Ella Kora, Hannah Kenna-Thomas, Billie Kay-Piper, Shireen Jathoonia, Blythe Jandoo, Chelsea Inez, Leah Hill, Selina Hamilton, Helen Gulstan, Lucy Alexa Gilbert, Cj Field, Cordelia Farnworth, Paige Drury-Lawrence, Natalie Davis, Tanya Cumberland, Ava Brennan, Daisy Boyles, Holly Bluett, Koko Basigara, Sophie Atkins, Gabby Antrobus, Rhianne Alleyn, Hayley Ainsley, Danielle Acors, Marina Abdeen, Nathan Vaughan Harris, Ben Clare, Ben Fox, Tim Stanley, Jody Hall, Rebecca Mckinnis, Dawn Buckland, Ellen O'Grady, Alison Jenkins, Ebony Molina, Nicola Keen, Freddie August, Phil Grannel, Jak Allen-Anderson, William Bozier, Vivien Parry, Jacqui Jameson, Norma Atallah, Wendy Baldock, Peter Challis, Sandy Strallen, Jemma Alexander, Chris Andrew Mellon, Alison Harding, Obioma Ugoala, Gizmo, Alex Gillison, Dan Trotter, Karl Farrer, Charlotte Worwood, Marat Khairoullin, Johanna Smitz, Lindy Pieri, Tyrone Love, Alona Leoine, Erica Melargo, Richard Banks, Jeremy Cave, Luke Fictitious, Chloe Collingwood, Isobel Hamilton, Rossana Silva, Crystal Compton, Marlonde Pierre, Paul De La Rosa, Clem So, Teresa Shaughnessy
Belle: A French girl in a Disney movie
Who hasn’t fallen in love with the charming village from the opening scene of the Beauty and the Beast? This scene actually takes place in Conques, a southern French town. Belle, however, travels back in time to Paris thanks to the magical book introduced in the 2017 movie.
Let’s discover Belle’s Paris!
Belle’s mother died when she was a child. She is able to travel back to her childhood home and learns what really happened to her mom due to the enchanted book the Beast gifted her.
Her mother was a victim of the Black death. Unfortunately, Europe was hit by a series of epidemics between the 13th century until the 19th century. France was particularly struck with the plague twice:
- the Plague of Paris in 1464-66
- the Plague of 1628-31
The modern version of Beauty and the Beast was based on the french novel La jeune américaine of Gabrielle Suzanne de Villeneuve, one might consider that the story took place in the 17th century. Belle’s mother would be one of the numerous victims of the second French plague. About 1,000,000 people died from the Black Death. Belle found a beak-shaped mask that was used by doctors who treated people who were suffering from the tragic disease.
More precisely, Belle’s family used to live in the neighbourhood of Notre Dame – Luckily very close to our office and our shop!
By the 17th century, Notre Dame was already 5 centuries old; the first stone set in 1163.
In spite of the growing influence of Versailles, Paris remained the cultural and financial center of the country.
This scene includes a short song titled ‘How does a moment last forever?’ ; it both emphasises the romantic vision of the city (‘where an artist loved his wife’) and the dramatic fate that awaited for Belle (‘hard to move on/ knowing the Paris of my childhood is gone’).
In this scene, the Beast was a century early when he suggested to Belle to visit Champs Elysées, which is a famous avenue (now known for its stores and restaurants) built in the 18th century.
If you’ve always dream to live a life of a princess, you’ll enjoy a visit to the Beast’s Castle. It’s located in the Loire’s region, 2 hours away from Paris. Chambord is a royal castle built during the Renaissance (1519) by Francois 1st. In addition, Mary Queen of Scots (present in the tv show Reign) may have stayed here as well !
You can also see that Belle makes an appearance in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame! Click here to learn more about that french masterpiece, adapted by Disney, in live-action and musical.
*For more Hollywood trivia, Emma Watson was offered the lead role in La La Land film, but turned down that film to star in this one. Additionally, Ryan Gosling was actually offered to play the of the of the Beast, but turned it down to appear instead.