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Beauty and the Beast
     

Beauty and the Beast

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Director: Jean Cocteau, Josette Day, Jean Marais, Mila Parely

Cast: Jean Cocteau, Josette Day, Jean Marais, Mila Parely

 

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Barnes & Noble
Jean Cocteau's most popular film, this 1946 masterpiece is perhaps the most faithful of the many film versions of the 1756 fairy tale written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Though the ending is a bit on the strange side -- the Beast morphs into a prince who looks exactly like Belle's hapless suitor, and her disappointment is unmistakable -- the film features tight, economical storytelling and enough visual fireworks (including many stunningly executed optical effects) to enrapture viewers from beginning to end. The actors are uniformly wonderful: Josette Day makes a stunning Belle, and Cocteau regular Jean Marais excels in a triple role that includes the magnificent Beast. The real stars of the film, though, are Cocteau himself, who gives the film a shimmering, romantic look, and the brilliant costume and set design. The Beast's make-up, in particular, works beautifully; it's just realistic enough to be convincing, while allowing Marais to emote through his eyes and subtle facial tics. The unforgettable sets, which include human arm candelabras and moving statues, are a marvel of impressionistic romanticism, filled with symbolism that hints at the story's darker implications. Forget Disney -- this is the closest anyone's come to capturing the essence of a fairy tale on film. Mark Pittillo
All Movie Guide
Jean Cocteau's most popular film, this 1946 masterpiece is perhaps the most faithful of the many film versions of the 1756 fairy tale written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Though the ending is a bit on the strange side -- the Beast morphs into a prince who looks exactly like Belle's hapless suitor, and her disappointment is unmistakable -- the film features tight, economical storytelling and enough visual fireworks (including many stunningly executed optical effects) to enrapture viewers from beginning to end. The actors are uniformly wonderful; Josette Day makes a stunning Belle, and Cocteau regular Jean Marais excels in a triple role that includes the magnificent Beast. The real stars of the film, though, are Cocteau himself, who gives the film a shimmering, romantic look, and the brilliant costume and set design. The Beast's makeup, in particular, works beautifully; it's just realistic enough to be convincing, while allowing Marais to emote through his eyes and subtle facial tics. The unforgettable sets, which include human-arm candelabras and moving statues, are a marvel of impressionistic romanticism, filled with symbolism that hints at the story's darker implications. Forget Disney -- this is the closest anyone's come to capturing the essence of a fairy tale on film.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
UPC:
0715515032728
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josette Day Beauty
Jean Marais The Beast/ Avenant
Mila Parely Adelaide
Nane Germon Felice
Michel Auclair Ludovic
Marcel André The Merchant
Raoul Marco The Usurer
Georges Auric Actor
Jean Cocteau Magic objects [uncredited]

Technical Credits
Jean Cocteau Director,Screenwriter
Henri Alékan Cinematographer
Hagop Arakelian Makeup
Georges Auric Score Composer
Christian Berard Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
René Clément Consultant/advisor
Irving Drutman Consultant/advisor
Marcel Escoffier Costumes/Costume Designer
Claude Iberia Editor
René Moulaert Set Decoration/Design
André Paulve Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Essental Art House: Beauty and the Beast
1. Once Upon a Time [3:22]
2. Wicked Sisters [3:53]
3. La Belle [3:48]
4. Enchanted Forest [5:33]
5. La Béte [8:33]
6. The Price of a Rose [2:22]
7. Beauty Meets Beast [8:55]
8. A Strange Proposal [3:50]
9. Observations [5:07]
10. A Broken Heart [10:35]
11. Stripped of Everything [1:32]
12. Belle's Promise [4:41]
13. A Tearful Reunion [2:31]
14. Riches to Rags [4:11]
15. Old Ways Anew [7:57]
16. The Sisters Revenge [3:27]
17. Mirror Images [4:39]
18. Closing In [2:50]
19. Miracles [5:31]
1. Color Bars [:00]

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so beautiful it's hard to describe. Inventive, artistic, flowing, majestic. This treasure was made over 60 years ago but makes the most of special effects to completely engage the audience. They aren't blatent either. You have to pay attention to the carvings on the fireplace and statues. Notice the way the beast's ears move (like a hunter) when he hears an animal in the wood. I don't want to give away other surprises because it would ruin the experience. Watching it, I felt like I was looking at a beautiful painting, seeing a lovely ballet, and being mezmerized by a great movie. I know my comments sound silly, but you have to see it. I did see it many years ago and recently rented it. The years haven't diminished the experience. I love movies and have eclectic taste. This is a treasure of the art house movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stunning cinematography, and absolutely true to the original story. An essential addition to any serious film collection.
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woah! Spoiler alert in the editorial review! Yikes!!!
bothenjs More than 1 year ago
one of the most exceptional movies I've ever seen. I always loved Jean Coctaeu and this version of the story is just mesmerizing and magical. A beautiful movie
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she is amazing...far more interesting than my whole thought of barnes and noble....
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The_Beastlord_Slavedragon More than 1 year ago
Now it comes to it. They beat the beast and made him angry and hardened his heart to the core. Now he seeks retibution and vengeance assuring that the master breathes no more. No those are my lyrics. Anyway this is still a great classic film from the golden era of cinema. It is worth watching just for that reason. Like Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. It is a study in film noir lighting techniques on silvertone. It is actually rather good and entertaining. I might have been scared back in those days by the special effects..hough houwgh houwgh... Well okay but still it's entertaining well and good enough. Ye who be the true Beastlord, he hath stood and he hath spake upon the matter. As for the Slavedragon he shalt leave his own sordid epic details to the self evidency of his be blackened surroundings at happenstance.