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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 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…
Why I watched this movie? The 135th Danny Peary Cult Movie that I have watched of the 200 listed in his 3 Volume book series. This one is listed in Volume 1.
What is this one about? The French version of the famous story of a Beauty, a Beast and love.
My thoughts on this one? I could not help but compare this movie to the 1990's Disney hand drawn animated movie. It looks like the Disney artists took many of the images found in this movie and put it in their movie. This French version seems to include many other classic stories. Belle has two evil sisters (Cinderella), has a magical glove that can transport her from one location…
I watched the Criterion Collection release of this film. There is some interesting accompanying material about the movie on their website: www.criterion.com/films/177-beauty-and-the-beast?q=autocomplete
Beauty and the Beast is described by many critics as a magical masterpiece of cinema. The film is full of magical moments achieved through trick camera effects and makeup design. The Beast is a stunning achievement in makeup design. His visage is surprisingly expressive and contributes greatly to the sorrowful nature of the Beast. The scene where Belle firsts visits the Beast’s castle and flows through the manor first in slow motion and then later as she seems to glide through the chambers without moving her feet is a very haunting effect. And of course, there are the…
I understand and can appreciate the beauty of this film, especially for its time, and the reasons why people value it for that reason along with many others. I, however, just really, really hate the story of Beauty and the Beast. I'm sorry. I'm not one to look for things to tear apart in a film, but this entire story is a romanticized story of Stockholm Syndrome, with constant themes of sexism intertwined. I tried not to think about it, and to just take the film for the fantasy story that it is, but I just can't let this one go.
I could not seem to get into this film. I really liked Couteau's use of human props, which adds a very creepy feel to this film, which I can see elements of this film in the 1991 Disney animated version. I will need to revisit it in order to see if I actually liked it.
A beautiful looking retelling of the famous story.
At the start of La Belle et la Bete, Cocteau asks us to believe in fairy tales. It’s easy to do so with Cocteau, as his other films show. In this tale we have a fierce yet desperate Beast, a Beauty who will do her best for anyone no matter how badly she’d treated in return, and her mean-spirited sisters who are as vain as peacocks. Suspending disbelief is essential for a whole multitude of reasons, but Cocteau knows how to do this. Despite the lack of film stock, costume fabrics and even consistent electricity supplies immediately after the war, he flawlessly made a film that the audience can get lost in without effort.
That does not mean that the…
It's a fairytale with the added talent of Cocteau, and it left me wanting more of his vision of this classic.
All I can say is that I give this film a very high recommendation for all those with even a slight interest in film or art, because it performs both to the highest degree.
This movie is breathtakingly beautiful and truly magical. I adore it; I wish I had seen it as a kid.
Forget the Disney version, this is the definitive take on the classic fairy tale. It also, along with Orpheus, demonstrates Cocteau's incredible visual storytelling. His special effects from the 40s and 50s are better than 99% of what Hollywood puts out today
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…