‘Belle’ is diverse, female-led on and off camera

May 2, 2014 3:26 AM

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But for the 18th century-set “Belle,” Asante fought for diversity and the feminine eye in front of and behind the camera. “We need a variety of lenses in which to tell these stories,” she says. “Being in a strong position where you can make the decisions ... I have a responsibility to open up those opportunities.”

Now, for its next hurdle: “Belle” opens in limited release on Friday, up against no other than “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the summer’s first blockbuster. But more on that later.

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