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Beauty and the Beast
Il était une fois
The merchant and his children, Adélaïde, Belle, Félicie, and Ludovic, are near ruin bankruptcy, but Adélaïde and Félicie nonetheless still spend lavishly on themselves keeping beautiful, whereas Belle slaves around the house. Crossing the forest one evening, their father becomes lost and takes refuge in a castle. Upon leaving, he steals a blossom off a rose bush. An angered beast demands one of his daughters for the theft.
There is only one word to describe Jean Cocteau’s spellbinding adaptation of Beauty and the Beast - Magical.
The film begins with a direct plea to the audience, a plea to simply believe as a child would: to believe in the fantastical and magical. Whilst it expresses Cocteau’s intent it is perhaps a redundant introduction when it is so easy to believe in this cursed and enchanted world. It is one of those rare films that has enthralled countless generations, and old and young alike, without talking down to either audience. Above all it is the ultimate fairy-tale film that utilises the illusionary qualities of the medium to their fullest.
Whilst the film could be interpreted as having real world…
Film #22 of Project 40
”Don't address me as sir, I'm called the Beast!”
Before starting his magical tale of doomed princes and charming girls Jean Cocteau takes a moment and asks us to put away our rational and mathematical minds aside for 90 minutes and join him in something which doesn't make sense, something ridiculously childish, something that can’t be analyzed and dissected by logic. From that opening title card it’s obvious that La Belle et la Bête is going to be a movie exploring the always spellbinding territory of magic and fantasy, and when it comes to fantasy you know that you shouldn't ask a question as you won’t get an answer, it’s all about joy, thrill, surprise…
Jean Cocteau's Beauty and The Beast is a magical and transcendent ode to the limits of fantasy, brought to life with exceptional performances, awe-inspiring production design, startling atmosphere, and luscious direction. In particular, the close ups are given a mesmerizing and transfixing sense of purity, adding to the theatrical and intimate feel of the entire film.
This is the first time I've seen this masterpiece, and I can't wait to fall under its spell again.
Jean Cocteau's adaption of La Belle et la Bête is a film of tender beauty so striking in its visual presentation that it for a good 90 minutes transports the audience into a world of magic and wonder. I've always been a huge fan of the story itself and have seen the Disney version many times, loving it each and every time, but Cocteau's version is truly something else. Although grounded mostly in realism and having few reminders (if you can look past the beast) of the fantastical nature of the story and setting, such as the infamous candles sequence, they are so impressive and wonderfully realised that you never forget you're watching a fairytale. When the candles light themselves…
I think most are familiar with the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, there are so many films made about it but Jean Cocteau's 1946 take on it (Le Belle et la Bete) is clearly the best one. Anyway if you didn't know a man steals a rose from the "beasts" castle and the Beast says he must die unless one of his daughters pays the price, so one of his daughters a pretty young lady (Belle) goes to his castle. She begins to fall for the beast and see's the loneliness within his eyes, she has a man at home that's wanting to marry her and at this time her Father is very sick.
The man wanting to…
" Love can turn a man into a beast. But love can also make an ugly man handsome"
What a magical fairytale that was...it has sarcastic one liners...a sensual heroine and a poetic monster....ingenious set designs...playfullness...
I guess what they say is true love has no boundaries :-)
Once Upon a Time, finger paintings on cave walls were looked at in wonder as the highest form of art. But those cave paintings now appear a little unsophisticated next to a Picasso or a Rembrandt. La Belle et la bete is a wonderful story, and yes, if you manage to put yourself into the mind of a 1940s audience member, there is lots of visual wonder to be found in this film. There are STILL a couple of mesmerizing bits, but by modern standards, the once-celebrated effects and staging seem very pantomime - as do most of the perfs. But what makes the film still compelling is the extraordinary creation of The Beast - Jean Marais's pitiable perf and…
When Belle's father is imprisoned for accidentally picking a rose from the garden of The Beast, Belle offers to takes his place. During her imprisonment, she develops feelings for her captor.
After Belle's spurned suitor Avenant mortally injures Beast during an attempted robbery, he is transformed into a hideous creature, while the dying Beast is freed from his curse as Belle admits her love for him.
In this version of the classic tale, there's no cheap humor or unnecessary modernization. Cocteau's version is handled with great care and respect and his opening monologue suggests he believes deeply in the magic of fairytales and the power of archetypes.
Arguably the best adaptation of this classical French fairy-tale. Enchanting, captivating & artistically precious. Can't wait to rewatch this cinematic marvel. Final word on that rating isn't spoken yet.
Ye gone done broken Mulvey's gaze theory!
I didn't enjoy this. The acting belongs to another era of wildly exaggerated style, Belle is a childish simpleton merrily keeping house for her no-good siblings before trading that for the Beast's magical prison, and the Beast turns into a stereotypical handsome prince once he wins her love. Ugh.
Gorgeous and dreamy.
I've seen this film more times than I can count. I think I even saw a bad VHS transfer in the early 1980's -- but it would not be until I saw a screening in Brookline, MA back on October 10, 1998 that I would see it on the big screen.
Jean Cocteau's film is filled with truly magical moments.
It has always and will continue to hold a special place in the hearts of many film lovers. It must be seen to fully appreciate.
Even when viewed on a tiny screen on the rear seat of an airplane, and without sound, this remains mesmerizing.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…