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October 14th, 2005 (04:58 pm)

Also refer to thoughts on La Belle et Le Bête below.

I watched Beauty and the Beast with the Philip Glass score last night (recently got the DVD, and wanted to check out the extras). First thing I found out: it's a Philip Glass opera. Didn't realize that Glass had done an opera based on it and then later decided / was invited to unite the opera and the movie on DVD.

I guess it wasn't bad... but it's a completely different movie. It's not ugly, it's not cheap,... but I'm still much more of a fan of the spoken / Auric version. There's something really poetic about the Beast's rasp, and how La Belle and Le Bête speak to each other, that you're just not going to get in a "straightforward" opera. (And the operatic voices don't have as much distinctiveness between them, if you know what I mean). It's the same thing as if Philip Glass had done Capote: The Opera - he'd synch up the voices to match the lips, it would look good, but you're not going to have Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance.

Well, I can say I saw it, at least.