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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.
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…
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…
Gorgeous, low-fi movie magic abounds in this. It's a mise-en-scene masterpiece. Luckily so, too, because the narrative takes a few shortcuts it doesn't need. The movie is barely 90 minutes long and skimps on the love story at its heart, with the Beast falling in love with Belle because she's beautiful and passed out in his arms, then Belle only growing "fond" of him because she says so. There are no actions to make these characters fall for each other, which is upsetting. But in the grand scheme of things, the astonishing filmmaking on display glosses over its lesser aspects.
Gorgeous and magical. I've rarely seen such a poetic piece of cinema.
A solid, 70 year old version of the classic fairy tale, whose special effects and make-up are still pretty cool today. I didn't know there was a version besides the animated Disney film until recently, but they must have taken a lot of cues from this version.
This movie isn't violent but is dark in places, and I could see it being scary to me as a child (I was afraid of a bunch of movies). There is a creepiness to the beast's castle, and the beast is also pretty scary at first. Of course, over time, he becomes a lovesick wussy, but that's what's so interesting about this fairy-tale. It plays with the idea of monsters and sensitivity, of…
Once upon a time…
Four words that transport any viewer, reader or listener into a story from long ago and a world far away. Four words that immediately indicate a fairy tale, but what are fairy tales? Stories told to children that serve to illuminate morals and ethics? Or is it some sort of whimsical fantasy that distracts us from the cruel, hash reality before us? If done well, and watched with a sense of childlike wonder, a fairy tale can be both, and few have done it as well as Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film, The Beauty and the Beast.
The Beauty and the Beast (Le belle et la bête) brings Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 1756 fairy tale to the…
To save her father's life after the old man innocently takes a rose from the Beast's estate, Belle agrees to live with the monster in his magical castle, and falls in love with her complicated captor. The Beast's Surrealist-inspired castle, with its living candelabras and statues that quietly watch Belle, is the highlight of this greatest of all fairy tale adaptations.
This is far and away Jean Cocteau's most famous film and there's a lot to like here. The visuals in particular are really inspired. I loved Beast's castle, particularly the candles with arms coming out of the walls and moving faces. There's a tremendously creepy atmosphere to all of this which really translates. The make-up on the Beast is a little dated, but it still mostly works. The Beast himself actually comes as more sympathetic than I would have expected. He's a monster, but there's a pathetic and sad quality to him as well. However there is also a darkness to the ending (made all the darker by the optimism) that possibly reveals a new shade to The Beast. Speaking…
Beautifully staged (if a bit slow at times) adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The visual effects make this film.
A half-ruined merchant lives in the country with his son Ludovic and his three daughters. Two of the daughters, Félicie and Adélaïde, are real shrews: selfish, pretentious, and evil. They exploit the third daughter, Belle, as a servant. One day, on a business trip, on the way home, the merchant gets lost in a forest and enters a strange castle. He picks up a rose for Belle, and the castle's owner appears. He is a monster, half-human, half-beast, and possesses magic powers. He sentences the merchant to death, unless he gives up one of his daughters. Belle sacrifices herself for her father and goes to the castle, discovering that the Beast is not so wild and inhuman as he seems.…
Beauty and the Beast is a beautiful movie with great photography and a very well known story, although not very well acted. And its greatest merit is that it achieves to create a magical world and inmerse the audience in it. It may not be emotionally powerful, as opposed to Disney's animated version, but it's anyways magical.