Reflection of Beauty by Alyne de Winter at The Pandorian

Reflection of Beauty by Alyne deWinter

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My short story, Reflection of Beauty is based on film maker Jean Cocteau‘s classic film

Le Belle et la Bette, or Beauty and the Beast. Predrag initially commissioned this story to be included in an art exhibition based on this film to be held in New York City opening October 31st 2011. Funding went the way of the failing economy, but the artwork and this story are still alive.

Based in London, artist, curator, and designer, Predrag Pajdic has illustrated this story with magnificent photographs and published it on his blog

The Pandorian. Her’s the link:

http://thepandorian.com/reflection of beauty

It’s a bit film noir, Southern Gothic, and very mysterious… Please stop over at The Pandorian and enjoy the story.

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This image is not one of the illustrations for Reflection of Beauty, but is still  fitting…


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Le Chateau du Raray: La Belle et la Bete

Le Chateau du Raray: La Belle et la Bete

I have always loved Cocteau’s  version of Beauty and the Beast.I also love Simon Marsden’s photos. it was looking through his wonderful book Haunted France and found photos of the fabulous gate and the chateau where Cocteau shot his eerie and beautiful film. Chateau du Raray is a real place with that wonderful parapet of carved beasts that Belle and the Beast stand on during the film. The still image below shows the scale of the sculptures. I think they look more dramatic in the film that in reality. Scroll down and let me know what you think.

This bit of video had some shots of Chateau du Raray. For anyone who hasn’t seen this gem of a film its all on Youtibe in pieces. I suggest renting the DVD or better yet see it in the cinema if you have the chance. This one stays with you like a powerful dream.

I am reprinting this article from a dead blog of mine called My Mysterious Domain that was devoted to some of my favorite artistic inspirations and locations.

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La Belle et la Bete by Jean Cocteau

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The Unicorn Gate, or the Portal of Diana, leads to the magical mansion of  Le Chateau du Raray.  The French filmmaker, Jean Cocteau, used this  beautiful, atmospheric house, with its fine animal sculptures and curious parapet, for the palace of the Beast in his famous masterpiece.  For me, it is the quintessential Mysterious Domain.

A note on Beauty and the Beast by the psychologist Bruno Bettelheim: “Beauty and the Beast teaches that something must be loved before it is lovable… ” ” In the fairy tale is a magic mirror which reflects some aspect of our inner world…For those who immerse themselves in what the fairy tale has to communicate, it becomes a deep, quiet pool which at first seems to reflect our own image; but behind it we soon discover the turmoils of our soul — its depth, and ways to gain peace with ourselves, and with the world, which is the reward of our struggles.”

In my  Videos you will find two Utube clips from the film whose stills are depicted here. I hope these excerpts inspire you to rent or buy the DVD of one of the most wonderful films ever made: Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast

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View of  le Chateau du Raray by Sir Simon Marsden

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Interiors: the Domain of the mind

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I am sure this is a set, but it is  unforgettable.

Fire of the soul.

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The  parapet. This kind of love could only happen in a place like this.

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The fabulous parapet as it really is

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Le Chateau in Winter

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The Lady of le Chateau and her Beast

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Raphael

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Artistic Influences in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

Time for a change of pace. This is a brilliant video that shows the artistic influences in Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There is Nosferatu, Jean Cocteau’s masterpiece Belle et la Bette and some German Romantic paintings in the mix.

The Pre-Raphaelites and the Symbolists were very strongly referenced in most of images in the Coppola film, though this video doesn’t show that. I think this is what makes this version my favorite. Though I do like all of the film versions of Dracula for different reasons.

Annie Leibovitz: Beauty and the Beast for Vogue

A stunning Fairy Tale for us all!
Enjoy!
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Editorial: Beauty & the beast
Magazine: VOGUE
Model: Drew Barrymore
Photographer: Annie Leibovitz