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Before the prince becomes the Beast, he's visited by potential brides in the ballroom. "It's basically an international debutante ball," says director Bill Condon.
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The design is based on the ornate ceiling of a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria called Braunau in Rohr Abbey. One major new addition? "In the middle of it, there's a monogram," says production designer Sarah Greenwood. "It's a 'WD' — as in 'Walt Disney.'"
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The Ballroom Floor Design
"When the magical aspects of the house decide they want to help make this love affair work, the ballroom comes to life," Condon says.
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"There are no right angles," says Condon. "It's almost like the house is starting to melt. There is a real Gaudí-esque aspect to it."
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A jigsaw of frozen-looking latex pieces were laid on the floor. Icicles crafted from hardened resins were applied by a team of people from the film’s landscaping department. “We called them ‘frosties,’ ” says Greenwood.
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Women of Beauty
Casting director Lucy Bevan, set decorator Katie Spencer, costume designer Jacqueline Durran, makeup and hair designer Jenny Shircore, film editor Virginia Katz, and production designer Sarah Greenwood.