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Beauty and the Beast


Overview - Visionary filmmaker and poet Jean Cocteau responded to the terrors and creative constraints of occupied France with this elaborately realized take on the classic fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Suggested by his longtime collaborator and muse, French actor Jean Marais, the cinematic version of the fable first penned by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont became Cocteau's most celebrated film.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Visionary filmmaker and poet Jean Cocteau responded to the terrors and creative constraints of occupied France with this elaborately realized take on the classic fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Suggested by his longtime collaborator and muse, French actor Jean Marais, the cinematic version of the fable first penned by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont became Cocteau's most celebrated film. Cocteau renders the story of a gentlehearted beast in love with a simple and beautiful girl in the style of the luminous paintings of Dutch master Vermeer. From the quaint and humorous scenes of Beauty's happy home to the ominous surreal spectacle of the Beast's enchanted estate, Cocteau transforms the simple tale of tragic love into a surreal vision of death, desire, and beauty. Marais is chilling as the lonely and tormented beast, projecting a wounded love for the glacial yet endearing Beauty (Josette Day), whose simple request for a rose from her father brings tragedy crashing down on her whole family. Cocteau expands upon the cinematic inventiveness first seen in his masterpiece BLOOD OF A POET with mirrors made of water, living statues, and candelabras fashioned from living arms, transforming a children's fable into a complex and radiant cinematic classic.

Cast List

André Paulvé - FRENCH PRODUCER
Mila Parely - Actress/Rules Of The Game
Jean Cocteau - Director/Screenwriter/Poet
Michel Auclair - French Actor
Jean Marais - French Actor
Marcel Andre - French Actor
Nane Germon - SUPPORTING ACTOR
Henri Alekan - French Director Of Photography
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont - French Author, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont - French Author, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Josette Day - French Actress

 
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  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 715515032728
  • Rating: Not Rated

Related Categories:
Movies > Foreign Films
Movies > French

Related Keywords:
Classic
Fantasy
Romance
Recommended
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Synopsis:
One of the great classics of cinema, Jean Cocteau's marvelous twist on the timeless fairy tale plunges the viewer into a stunningly dreamlike world.

Reviews:
"...One of the most sophisticated and visually elegant films of all time....A haunting, original treasure..." -- Critic's Choice - 04/17/1992 New York Times, p.C8


"...One of the most romantic films ever made. It is a movie touched by genius..." - 02/25/1992 Los Angeles Times, p.F1


"...A work that stands as one of French cinema's most influential films..." - 02/14/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.58


"...There's an undeniable thrill in having BEAST unspool as Glass' hypnotic music swirls around the room..." - 03/04/2003 Hollywood Reporter, p.22-62

 
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