Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Beautiful production of the fairy tale.
Theatrical and heightened, but thankfully only the horse overacts. Pretty much the epitome of B&W cinematography.
Cocteau's classic version of the fairy tale is full of visual inventiveness and humor. Scenes of the Beast and the Beauty are quite compelling.
The film is a magical and poetic adaptation of de Beaumont's classic fairy tale.Without a doubt this is one of the best films to come out of France during the 1940's. Featuring some of the most stunning visuals ever put on film, including the candles held by human arms, Belle gliding down vast hallways, a gateway of trees in the woods and the famous magic mirror.
The story … is the same one that we always heard about and many know by heart: Belle (aka Beauty - Josette Day) a beautiful and kind girl who lives with her two jealous sisters, Félicie and Adélaïde (Mila Parély and Nane Germon), and the greedy brother Ludovic (Michel Auclair) and his kind and…
The second-most famous film adaptation of this particular tale, Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête is a remarkable technical and stylistic achievement. Cocteau's visuals from this have become legendary, and I'm sure the effect was truly dazzling for audiences in 1946. The makeup for the Beast still holds up pretty well today (aided, no doubt, by the film being shot in black-and-white). On a story level, the film is highly faithful to the more traditional elements of the original fairy tale, including characters and details elided from the Disney version -- for reasons that seem obvious, since Belle's sisters in this story are more or less the same characters as from Cinderella.
This is indeed a very beautiful film.
Let's say even if you're not super into the story or whatever, this film is a visual spectacular. I was in awe by the Beast's makeup and the many odd things in this movie. It is traditionally just the original fairy tale but it works very well!
The acting is good but I will admit Beast's voice sounded a bit silly but I got over that.
Even the score was pretty cool.
What was Joel Schumacher trying to do when he used the imagery from this movie anyway for The Phantom of the Opera?
Ok, so I saw two versions of this film: The original movie & The movie overlapped with the Philip Glass opera score.
(There's a little spoiling in this part of the Review... so heads up)
The original movie was fine to be honest. I wanted more though. It was a ball, aesthetically, but a bore when it came to the story (almost lackluster). Now Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite classic Disney animations, but La Belle et la Bete is underwhelming. What Beauty and the Beast does well is character arcing and obvious logical story arcing. La Belle et la Bete doesn't. Character's will change personality between scenes, and the story doesn't lend reason to the equation either...…
cant stop imitating to myself the beast's funny french phrases.
One of the most beautifully and intricately-designed movies I've ever seen, with a radiant and enchanting performance by Josette Day and a ferocious, menacing, yet sympathetic turn by Jean Marais in a very impressive make-up job.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…