Beauty and the Beast = La Belle et la Bete

France, 1946

Film
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Cocteau’s retelling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” is addressed to “what remains of the child in all of us”, but by avoiding all whimsy and sentimentality its appeal is universal. The Beast becomes another poetic figure in Cocteau’s personal mythology, while his enchanted castle is evoked by some of the most startling imagery in cinema history - worthy of comparison with Murnau’s haunting “Nosferatu”. Cocteau’s fairytale set standards in fantasy which few other filmmakers have reached. The sequences in the enchanted castle are pure magic. Cast includes Josette Day and Jean Marais.

Credits

director

Jean Cocteau

producer

Andre Paulve

Language

French

Duration

01:40:00:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

36637

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Foreign language films

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantasy & Science Fiction → Fantasy

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - France

Foreign language films

Literature → Fairy tales - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

Magic, Occult & Supernatural → Fantasy

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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