Tuesday, March 25, 2014

La Belle et la Bête

I've always been a fan of "Beauty and the Beast" of which we all know the famous nineties Disney adaptation.
Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film adaptation of the traditional fairy tale of the same name, written by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont and published in 1757 as part of a fairy tale anthology. Directed by French poet and filmmakerJean Cocteau, the film stars Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais.
This film adaptation of La Belle et la Bete adds a subplot involving Belle's suitor Avenant (a friend of her brother), who schemes along with Belle's brother and sisters to journey to Beast's castle to kill him and capture his riches while the sisters work to delay Belle's return to the castle. When Avenant enters the magic pavilion which is the source of Beast's power, he is struck by an arrow fired by a guardian statue of the Roman goddess Diana, which transforms Avenant into Beast as Belle declares her love for the Beast and reverses the original Beast's curse. When the Beast comes back to life and becomes human at the end, he transforms into a Prince Charming with Avenant's handsome features, but without his oafish personality (wikipedia).
There' a rather interesting read in journal form about the shooting of the movie, the problems they encountered filming in a post-war Europe, ... here.

Beauty (Josette Day) and the Beast (Jean Marais) - 1946 version

This Saturday (22nd) I decided to go see the 2014 French movie remake, directed by Christope Gans.
The moderen version is difficult to compare with its 1946 counterpart ... Both versions try to stick to the book where Disney has a really loose interpretation of the story.
Although the actual film is in French I really enjoyed looking at it!
Everything was pure eye candy ... the costumes (Léa wears four beautifull robes in this film, created by Pierre-Yves Gayraud who also designed costumes for other known films like Cloud Atlas, Albert Nobbs, The Three Musketeers, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The Bourne Identity, ...), the jewellery, the decor(ation)s, the settings and everything else ... I really thought it a pitty when finished (it's almost 2 hours long :-).
You also get to know a little bit more about the story of the beast: why he has been cursed and who turned him into beast. The only two critics I have is (a) the lack of chemistry between both characters - even at the end I don't have the idea that they are soooo much in love and that they can't live without each other and (b) the Beast's features and voice which could've been more ferocious (now it's only a big cat meowing and not a predator).
Anyhow ... here's the candy part: pictures and trailers (in French).

Belle (Léa Seydoux) et la Bête (Vincent Cassel)

Hope you enjoyed reading about the story and looking at the trailers!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Creativa Brussels 2014

Last Saturday (15th) I went to the Creativa fair in Brussels. For me this is one of the most lovely ones in Belgium.

The funny thing is that I saw a huge crowd before entering and I thought "ouch this is going to take a while before entering" but - lucky me - it seemed to be for another fair in another building called "Made in Asia" which involved everything animé cartoons and characters, computer games and other stuff for youngsters ;-). At the opening time whe heard lots of shouting and then we saw a big crowd running to be one of the first at the entry ...

Here's an impression of the day:

The central hallway

Something creative ... but what? To give you a clue ...
Knitted nets!

The future is here : 3D-printing!

Some patchwork ...

 ... and STITCHING of course!
I didn't buy lots of things since I have cardboards full of stuff stash and I just limited myself to two books (Kreuz & Quer and Christiane Dahlbeck), a small booklet by Brin par Brin, 35ct. "crème" Zweigart linnen for my "And They Sinned" sampler and the new 100th anniversary edition of Quiltmania.

I just love German designers ... they always make something colourfull and delicate

"Oisellerie" - Brin par Brin = just perfect for Spring and Easter

I'm going to give a start on my "And They Sinned" today which is the official start of Spring AND the birthday of my grandfather who sadly passed away already to many years ago ... I already could've started this Monday (when I received my fibers) but really wanted to mark this special day on my sampler and no way I was going to cheat :-)!

For those who don't have a clue about how it looks like ... 809 x 169 stitches will be put in it only using Gentle Arts Sampler threads.

And They Sinned
Examplar Dames Design co.
That's it for now!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Down - Chatelaine - memory lane

I meant to post this last week but things got very busy (preparing a 3-day stay at Disneyland Paris ... pictures will follow soon) so here is my belated blog post ...

Hi all,

For the Chatelaine Stitcher Bandits I decided to take one of my too long neglected pieces, the Misty Morning Vineyard. I think I didn't stitch on it for at least 5 years.

To again familiarise with the design I studied the charts, descriptions and special features. Can you imagine my shock to see that it dates back from 2003?! I remember it was the first design by Martina that I completely followed (Convent's Herbal Garden was just finished). This makes me wonder about how time flies! ... I first stitched on it when our daughters weren't even born (much more free time :-) and I was in my late twenties ... gosh!

Anyway ... here's some piccies I've taken last week before I restarted the piece. Have fun looking!

In the meanwhile I've finished the other three peacock's tails and I'm still considering if I will be stitching the peacock's "bodies and heads" over one or over two ... 


I'll try to post another update soon!