Next month Disney will release their live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. It is sure to be sumptuous and well-appointed and all that, but it’s unlikely to approach the carnal magic of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 version, ideal viewing for this Valentine’s Day… Cocteau had to rely on his crew of artisans to patch up mistakes, find workarounds for shortages and fabricate the fantastic illusions of Beast’s castle out of what was left over. The film is a triumph of ingenuity and craft.
R. Emmet Sweeney
February 14, 2017