Beauty And The Beast


(out of 5)

Original title:  La Belle Et La Bete

Fans of the popular Disney version will definitely want to take a look at this exquisite French adaptation of the famous fairy tale. It tells of a young woman who is sent to live as a hostage in a beast’s castle when her father crosses the monster’s path and enrages him into a heartbreaking bargain. Now she is a resident of an enchanted castle that is rife with magic at every turn, but none of the beauty that this painfully romantic beast produces for her can make up for the loneliness she feels for her father. The film is an absolute dictionary of in-camera visual effects, and artistic genius director Jean Cocteau can barely turn a corner without showing a fascinating and original way of accomplishing the most magical camera tricks. One of the most beautiful and beloved films of all time, this film was Cocteau’s gift to the war-ravaged audiences of France in 1946.


France, 1946

Directed by

Screenplay by Jean Cocteau, based on the story by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by , , Christian Berard

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

Cannes Film Festival 1946

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