Beauty And The Beast, A Stunning Cinematic Event
Emma Watson (Harry Potter) stars as Belle; Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle's eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston's long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot,
Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast is produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Liebermanwjdy with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.
Set in 18th-Century France, the film, which has a feeling of a timeless Europe was filmed at Shepperton Studios in England, the historic location of classics such as Lawrence of Arabia, and made a reality by director Bill Condon aided by his brilliant crew and the mastery of the most innovative film technology. Utilising main exteriors around Britain, Condon used 27 colossal sets built at Shepperton and then had these sets scanned into 3D digital imagery to maximise lighting and camera angles.
Tobias Schliessler, cinematographer, conquered all the technological hurdles presented by the film's unsurpassed vision and mastered camera angles and shots that would otherwise appeared impossible.
Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realise the kind heart and soul of the true prince within.
Beauty and the Beast opened on Friday, on the Palace Amusement circuit.