San Francisco Performances celebrates the 75th birthday of American composer Philip Glass with a screening of Jean Cocteau's film La Belle et la Bête
, alongside a live performance of the opera score Glass composed in 1994 to accompany the film. La Belle et la Bête
premiered in 1946, stunning audiences with a visual style that was unlike any they had ever seen before. Melding classical traditions with the avant-garde, Cocteau revolutionized filmmaking, inspiring future generations of directors to this day. As an homage to Cocteau's groundbreaking work as well as the composers associated with Cocteau's films, Glass created the "Cocteau Trilogy" of operas, which could serve as alternate scores to the films La Belle et la Bête
and Les Enfants Terribles
. This live performance by the Philip Glass Ensemble allows you to experience Glass' score as you watch the film on the big screen.
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