Episode 41 – La Belle et la Bête (w. Brianne Gobeski)

Actor Brianne Gobeski joins us once again to discuss the 1946 French classic La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast). For those of you who think this is similar to the Disney versions, think again: nary a singing candelabra to be found! No conversation about this movie could be complete without mentioning the unique production design and the creepy beast makeup. And do we really get the happy ending we expect here, or is Belle doomed to a boring, menial existence?


Brianne Gobeski is starring in Disaster at Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale Arizona, go see it if you’re in the area!

Adam found out after the episode that the “drunk driving” section at the beginning of the film was out of necessity: the cobblestones were so uneven that the actors lifting the carriage wobbled as they walked. The drunkenness was added as a way to explain their instability!

Adam makes a quick Simpsons reference (“When are they gonna get to the fireworks factory?”), and here’s the clip that explains it if for some reason you don’t know what he’s talking about.

The BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.

Things We Reference:

Labyrinth (1986)

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

Snowpiercer (2013)

Babes in Toyland (1934)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Seven Samurai (1954)

Waterworld (1995)

Metropolis (1927)

Orphée (1950)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

City of Angels (1998)

Ghost Rider (2007)

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Into the Woods (2014)

Your Name (2016)

Wings of Desire (1987)