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Beauty and the Beast

La belle et la bête

France, 1946
Fantasy, Romance


This classic adaptation of the beloved fairy tale from visionary director Jean Cocteau follows a beautiful young woman who takes the place of her father as the prisoner of a castle inhabited by a mysterious beast.

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Beauty and the Beast Directed by Jean Cocteau, René Clément
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.
February 14, 2017
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Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film version is visually lustrous and richly marked by stunning costumes, elaborate set design, and imaginative use of practical effects.
April 08, 2016
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A testament to the power of love and creativity over darkness, “Beauty and the Beast” offers riches to adults as well as children, though Cocteau asked audiences to approach it with the simple faith of a child. In his magical telling of an ancient tale, smoke and mirrors reveal rather than hide the truth.
February 22, 2016
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