Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

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

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2011
UPC: 0715515081313
Original Release: 1946
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 14,585

Special Features

Two Commentaries: One by Film Historian Arthur Knight and one by Writer and Cultural Historian Sir Christopher Frayling; Screening at the Majestic, a 1995 Documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; Interview with Cinematographer Henri Alekan; Rare behind-the-scenes photos and publicity stills; Film restoration demonstration; Original Trailer, Directed and Narrated by Jean Cocteau, and the 1995 restoration trailer; ; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien, a 1947 piece on the film by Cocteau, and the film by Cocteau, excerpts from Francis Steegmuller's 1970 Cocteau: A Biography, and an introduction to Glass's opera by the composer

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

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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.
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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woah! Spoiler alert in the editorial review! Yikes!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
she is amazing...far more interesting than my whole thought of barnes and noble....
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.