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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.
show this to your kids instead of the cartoon so they'll know that magic is real.
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…
Jean Cocteau's adaptation of the timeless French fairy tale La Belle et la Bête is a masterful feat of special effects and makeup that surprisingly doesn't feel dated in the least with its age. Cocteau was a genius filmmaker, with such towering classics as The Orphic Trilogy and Les Enfants Terribles (which he wrote), his vision of Beauty and the Beast should be taken no less seriously. Make no mistake, this is a perfect adaptation that almost makes the Disney version feel like a cheap second-rate knockoff (although the latter does have marvelous technical feats of its own).
I always find myself fascinated with seeing earlier, less "Disney-fied" adaptations of classic tales such as this. When I was much younger,…
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…
damn...so romantic n spooky...two of my favorite adjectives
Need to see again. Ending was strange and unsettling for me.
This is such an excellent movie. The Beast's estate is so well crafted... amazing backdrops -- it really does make one feel they're in some kind of metaphysical realm. I love it.
imaginative as hell, really good visually. even the beasts make-up/costume becomes charming after you see it a few times.
Like the Beast's kingdom, Cocteau's films are made of actual magic.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Having seen this film three times now, it was a different experience in the OKCMOA theater. I spent most of this viewing trying to tease out an ideological reading from a postwar France. On the surface, the film plays into a fantasy of class mobility. Belle, whose family is destitute after once being prosperous, is able to transcend class boundaries at the cost of her captivity and the Beast's courtship. This struck me, especially in the ways that everything in the castle is timeworn, signalling a nostalgia for an inaccessible past. The themes of work come through even stronger in the thematic of hands, both their presence and absence. On the obvious level, Belle's sisters are constantly complaining about what…
I was in awe the entire film. The most spectacular cinematic experience I've felt since the first time I saw The Red Shoes.
After powering through Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, I expected that I would be swept away while revisiting his most popular film. Instead, I'm convinced that, while this remains his most accessible and straight-forward storytelling, Cocteau's Orpheus is the more fascinating, involving, and creative work. On top of that, it's more personal and much more essential to understanding his career as a filmmaker and his perspective on poetry, art, and life. Still, his adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is clearly a great triumph of his extravagant imagination and his trademark use of mise-en-scene.
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