Song As Old As Rhyme

The other day, I finally installed my new blu-ray player and my wife and I watched the blu-ray release of Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast.” It’s a marvelous and highly sentimental film, but this morning my mind settled on a rather chilling correlation.

The movie is set in late 18th-century France, sometime between 1750 and 1789.

What’s chilling about this timeline? The revolution comes in 1789 and the Terror a couple years after that. Even if the film takes place in 1751 (the earliest possible point for it), then the Revolution will theoretically come within the protagonists’ lifetimes. “Happily ever after”… and then the shadow of Madame le Guillotine falls across the scene. Brrr.


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