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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…
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…
Hirsute loner with unkempt neck mane can't understand why he keeps getting friendzoned. Regardless of his "good heart," he has unchecked rage issues. Very much some fedora fodder going on here.
Pretty alright movie with some spectacular effects, even though nearly every character is a complete jag.
Strangely beautiful, especially the interiors of the Beast's castle. But a little too obsessed with its own seriousness for my taste.
Perhaps the twee-est way to begin the day...
This is one Cocteau confection I truly enjoy and revisit every so often to remind myself why I love French cinema so much. Imaginative, impressionistic, magical. Josette Day gets me every time.
Jean Cocteau's version of Beauty and the Beast is an honest-to-goodness masterpiece, an otherworldly beautiful and surreal fairytale with inventive sets and a wealth of magical imagery (including actual arms holding candle-sticks, heads resting on the mantles, living statues, etc.) that make it an absolutely unforgettable experience.
The social implications of this story are often criticized in a way that I've always taken issue with, simplistic charges of its supposed glamorization of Stockholm syndrome entirely missing the point. This is a deconstruction of the toxic nature of masculinity, a bisexual director's rejection of the traditional "heroic" male in favor of the social outcast who learns to confront his ingrained animalistic tendencies and embrace a sensibility considered to be more feminine.…
Airy and light albeit grave to the touch, like all the best poets work best in contradiction, in terms set against themselves, as models not of classic irony (not simply, not simple) but of simply not simple a system of strings set to motions in the round, plucking life as a choir might vibrate chords to sing out about and of and for life for the sake of life, alive to its sides of a cone like cycle selling cells playing bait and switch to the end of time in clouds.
Airy and light albeit grave to the touch
like all the best poets work best in contradiction
in terms set against themselves
as models not of classic irony…
Perfect. Spellbinding. No words can do this film justice for the beautiful way this classic fairy tale is told. I always find myself lost as Belle does in the pain in the Beast,'s eyes and the beauty behind them while captured by the gothic surrounding with visuals that are still spectacular today.
Beautifully made and full of technical marvels that still impress. But anytime we leave the castle for the Avenant subplot or apparate back home for family time, my eyelids get heavy. Also, the ending kind of undermines the movie's themes.
Part gothic, part magical, Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast is still as visually impressive and enchanting as ever. It didn't quite engage me on an emotional level as much as I'd have liked, but it does a wonderful job of completely drawing you into the world. A beautifully photographed film that I would've loved to have seen in a cinema.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…