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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…
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 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,…
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…
1st time on 35MM (16MM in college) at the Brattle in Harvard Square. Beautiful new print. Strange, noisy crowd, inappropriate laughter, cell phones. A bummer. (and I still don't like the ending.)
This film was extremely stylish, with a gorgeous b/w cinematography, score, the make up (Doesn't feel that dated imo), the art design, and the costume.
But that's not my concern from this film
What did i actually loved from this movie is how Cocteau (Which he also wrote the screenplay) deliver the film. This film captured Cocteau memory of the story, when he was a child.
I'm sure that he still keep the memory in his heart, and put it into this film, you can clearly feel the rawness and the fully-imaginative child point-of view in this film, and with Cocteau masterful direction, it seems that magic was actually real.
Maybe if the picture weren't so degraded and the sound weren't so abrasive on my transfer, I would've enjoyed this more. It's a fairy tale for adults, a magical and surrealist morality play with, for its time, great effects and a lot of really, really nice shots (I'm thinking especially of the slow-motion sequence when Belle first runs through Beast's mansion -- and the shot of Belle and (human)Beast flying at the end.
I'd love to see this kind of adult, live-action fairy tale done today, but this one I feel like I can only enjoy as a kind of model, or timepiece. A little slow and annoying (when those insufferable sisters are around), the movie is never as good when we're away from the castle.
Finally watched it and was not disappointed (other than a really terrible crowd; talking, laughing inappropriately, cell phones, etc). Pretty remarkable, especially the effects and costumes. As corny as it sounds, it was truly enchanting.
Je suis la bete!
Watched the new Janus films restoration from 2014, with dad on his first visit since I moved.
Of the 6 Criterion movies I have watched this is far and away the most theatrical of them. I expect it will possibly be the most theatrical out of the whole collection. There is a lot of great scenery and detailed costumes in Beauty and the Beast. I think that this movie most likely deservers appreciation mostly from the time that it was made more so than what it brings currently. I found the beast to be non-expressive due to the mask which was the biggest disconnected in the movie. It does have some magical moments that are pulled off well. Belle's sisters were wonderfully horrible people as was her love interest. All the themes are there from the story that we all know so well. I would suggest that anyone watch this as a tribute to the history of cinema.
A perfect example of film as poetry.
Jean Cocteau's take on the legendary Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont tale that we all know but might not have previously seen as surreal as this version.
Instead of seeing him die, Belle (Josette Day) takes the place of her father in the realm of The Beast (Jean Marais). At first she's frightened, then repulsed by his terrifying man-beast appearance. But slowly Belle begins to see past his appearance and finds an affectionate being with a lonely heart
I can't get enough of Cocteau's work, it's stunning, totally stunning, surreal as hell and trippy stuff indeed. This no exception (even if this, his second feature, comes nowhere near his debut or later Orpheus movies) with its weird lair of the beast, the human candelabras on the way there, the in camera effects. Greatness. This is what happens when a poet gets to put his visions on film - magic that's still spellbinding!
Beautifully hypnotic and frighteningly depressive in equal measure. A true fairy tale. I loved the movie magic that was used to create the magic in the movie. Great effects. Reminded me of one of my favorite films, Labyrinth. It can't be easy to create a film so large in magical scope while remaining intimate with characters. Loved the introduction at the beginning from Jean Cocteu. Really creative opening credits.
The sequence when Belle first enters the castle is gorgeous. I love Cocteau's camera. I would give anything to see what he'd do with today's technology.
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