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Beauty and the Beast (La belle et la bête) (1946)

Beauty and the Beast
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Jean Marais Jean Marais
La Bête
Josette Day Josette Day
Belle
Mila Parély Mila Parély
Félicie
Nane Germon Nane Germon
Adélaïde
Michel Auclair Michel Auclair
Ludovic
Raoul Marco Raoul Marco
The Usurer
Marcel André Marcel André
Belle's Father
Janice Felty Janice Felty
La Belle


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Jean Cocteau Jean Cocteau
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Beauty and the Beast

16 hours, 16 minutes ago at Dec 9 3:03
If adversity and strife make for great art, then that perfectly explains why Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast is one of the towering greats of cinema. As the rubble and dust settled from WWII, Cocteau created this pristine and immaculate piece of fantasy cinema to rouse the collective spirit of the country, spurred on by the encouragements of his muse and lover Jean Marais. The film stock was... read more
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Description: This is definitely not the Disney version. While it remains faithful to the plot of the classic fairy tale by Leprince de Beaumont, Jean Cocteau's 1946 French romantic fantasy is the product of a sophisticated, mature sensibility in its tones and textures and, above all, in its surprising emotional power. With sparkling black-and-white imagery that, for once, is actually dreamlike rather than cute or kitschy, and with a Beast (Jean Marais) who is almost as glamorous with his silky blonde facial hair as he is clean shaven, the movie casts a seductive spell. It might actually be a little too rich and unsettling for kids. Even the ... (more)
Release date: 23 December 1947
UPC: 037429122020
Tags: Romance (11), 1946 (11), French (11), Fantasy (11), Surrealism (8), Fairy Tale (7), 1940s (7), France (6), Drama (5), Treasure (3), Magic (3), Diamond (3), Castle (3), Brother Sister Relationship (2), Recommended (2), Language French (2), Black And White (2), Transformations (2), Lost In The Forest (2), Flying (2)
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JxSxPx posted a review 16 hours, 16 minutes ago

Beauty and the Beast

“If adversity and strife make for great art, then that perfectly explains why Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast is one of the towering greats of cinema. As the rubble and dust settled from WWII, Cocteau created this pristine and immaculate piece of fantasy cinema to rouse the collective spirit of the country, spurred on by the encouragements of his muse and lover Jean Marais. The film stock was hard to come by, causing certain scenes to look rougher than others were while maintaining the dream-like disorientation that permeates throughout. Cloth was harder to find, and several morning the crew and cast would go to set to find the bed sheets stolen overnight. And Jean Cocteau was gravely ill midway through production, and his condition required continuous breaks to take painful injection” read more

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