I, Beast - The Illustrated Beauty and the Beast: A true Pagan Fairy Tale

I, Beast - The Illustrated Beauty and the Beast: A true Pagan Fairy Tale

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FIRST CRITICAL REVIEW: I,Beast - THE ILLUSTRATED BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
(156 Pages - 400 Illustrations)

By William Richert with River Sauts

About the Book:
A visual delight! A great and brand new read!

I recently watched the Disney cartoon version of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast on dvd, along with my young friend Kazia. The movie's Broadway-musical-style show tunes are witty, the Beast is sufficiently ugly and endearing, and Beauty, God bless her, is a rare media heroine who actually reads books! Nonetheless, I found myself disturbed by the broad liberties the Disney Studio took in changing classic elements of the tale.

William Richert has gone to the source of the tale.

The story of Beauty and the Beast as we know it was written by Madame Le Prince de Beaumont (a French woman living in London), published in 1756 in a magazine for "young misses." De Beaumont's tale was based on a 362-page romance published sixteen years earlier by a Parisian artistocrat, Gabrielle Susan Barbot de Gallan de Villeneuve.

i BEAST, William Richert's new, illustrated book stays faithful to the original material by de Villeneuve.

Unlike de Beaumont's and Disney's simplified abridgement of her story, de Villeneuve's original (written for adult readers in French literary salons) was complex, baroque, and discursive, thickened by many characters and meandering subplots. De Beaumont and Disney also altered Villeneuve's story in a significant way: in their versions, the Beast becomes a sympathetic, even attractive, character before his transformation -- while in the Villeneuve version, as in i BEAST, Beauty requires assurance again and again from a Good Fairy and magical dreams that loving the Beast is a good idea.
iBeast
(156 Pages - 400 Illustrations)

By William Richert with River Sauts

About the Book:
A visual delight!

I recently watched the Disney cartoon version of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast on dvd, along with my young friend Kazia. The movie's Broadway-musical-style show tunes are witty, the Beast is sufficiently ugly and endearing, and Beauty, God bless her, is a rare media heroine who actually reads books! Kazia and I both enjoyed it, even if we were laughing at different jokes. Nonetheless, I found myself disturbed by the broad liberties the Disney Studio took in changing classic elements of the tale.
The story of Beauty and the Beast as we know it was written by Madame Le Prince de Beaumont (a French woman living in London), published in 1756 in a magazine for "young misses." De Beaumont's tale was based on a 362-page romance published sixteen years earlier by a Parisian artistocrat, Gabrielle Susan Barbot de Gallan de Villeneuve.

i BEAST, William Richert's new, illustrated book stays faithful to the original material by de Villeneuve.

Unlike de Beaumont's and Disney's simplified abridgement of her story, de Villeneuve's original (written for adult readers in French literary salons) was complex, baroque, and discursive, thickened by many characters and meandering subplots. De Beaumont and Disney also altered Villeneuve's story in a significant way: in their versions, the Beast becomes a sympathetic, even attractive, character before his transformation -- while in the Villeneuve version, as in i BEAST, Beauty requires assurance again and again from a Good Fairy and magical dreams that loving the Beast is a good idea.

William Richert's amazing Illustrated version, and his Graphic Novel incarnation, both drawn brilliantly by the incredible artist River Sauts whose work hangs in the Vatican, shall henceforth become the sine qua non of Beauty/Beast literature, illustrated or filmed or written.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517000813
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Wiliam Richert, writer/director/actor/author is perhaps best known for writing-directing the underground hit WINTER KILLS starring Jeff Bridges and John Huston, as an actor in both MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO and THE CLIENT, as well as for his other films like JIMMY REARDON, based on his own novel, which gave River Phoenix his first starring role and also introduced Matthew Perry and Johnny Galecki. Mr. Richert also wrote the movie version of THE HAPPY HOOKER starring Lynn Redgrave which garnered rave reviews as did his feature-length documentaries DERBY and A DANCER'S LIFE, which featured legendary dancers an students at THE AMERICAN BALLET THEATER SCHOOL.

QUOTE LINCOLN CENTER FILM SOCIETY:BIO INFO: New Hollywood Maverick: Wild Bill Richert
RETROSPECTIVE AT LINCOLN CENTER FILM SOCIETY NEW YORKJanuary 21-22

A bold, brash uncompromising figure in the tradition of Orson Welles and John Cassavetes, William Richert burst on to the Hollywood scene near the end of the storied 1970s, first as a screenwriter and then as director of the dazzling conspiracy opus Winter Kills. A critical triumph abandoned by its studio, the movie set the tone for Richert's career to come-a quartet of highly original, idiosyncratic American features that have maintained an almost clandestine existence, subject to poor distribution and myriad unauthorized versions.

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