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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…
I've seen this film more times than I can count. I think I even saw a bad VHS transfer in the early 1980's -- but it would not be until I saw a screening in Brookline, MA back on October 10, 1998 that I would see it on the big screen.
Jean Cocteau's film is filled with truly magical moments.
It has always and will continue to hold a special place in the hearts of many film lovers. It must be seen to fully appreciate.
Even when viewed on a tiny screen on the rear seat of an airplane, and without sound, this remains mesmerizing.
La Belle et la Bete, the original Beauty and the Beast. Though the plot isn't anything complex or amazing but what Jean Cocteau brings to e film and an atmosphere the feels completely enchanting. It feels like a fairytale and though it is a bit avant-garde in its approach enough of it easy to watch for mainstream viewers. I loved the cinematography and the practical effect and thought the actors gave really great performances. I wouldn't consider it a masterpiece but there's something really magical about it.
Really one of the silliest films ever made and in it's striking simplicity also one of the weirdest. I love how straight forward it is, kind of like a David Lynch movie made with utter clarity and matter-of-factness. It's very romantic too, in an archaic way, even if it sounds like the beast's been smoking too much Gauloise.
One of the best cinematic examples of replicating the mood of a fairy tale, with a genuinely uplifting ending that feels wholly earned. Jean Marais excels as both the Beast and village scoundrel Avenant, and the subplot of Belle's family back home works well to define her character even when she's offscreen. Something that really annoyed me throughout the film was strange blocking choices-- objects close to the camera would often obscure the character in focus, and while it was definitely a conscious choice it certainly rubbed me the wrong way.
This dark, brooding gothic masterpiece tells the story of beauty soothing the savage beast in beautiful poetic black and white celluloid.
Cocteau conjured up some sort of dark magic to create the Beasts inner sanctum sanctorum. Charming, beautiful and visually stunning. One of the true classics that paved a way for fantasy films to come.
Pure magic. Charming, enthralling and just visually dazzling.
I take back what I said about Orpheus; Jean Cocteau definitely knows how to direct. It's just a completely different way of doing so than any other director, ever.
Cocteau was a poet, designer, sculptor, playwright, painter and a filmmaker. Whenever he directed (and that was few,) he used film as an artistic medium, to tell a story that couldn't be told in any other way. So he felt about Beauty and the Beast, in which he fully utilizes the capabilities of film as an art form.
His revolutionary use of reversal of film, and other surrealist camera tricks, combined with very necessary stage-like melodrama in all aspects, make Beauty and the Beast one of the most hauntingly beautiful, fantastical, unforgettable visual fairy tales ever made.
This had to be Diane Arbus' favorite movie, right?
The first fifteen minutes are drowsy, obligatory period hokum. Haughty dudes, pampered daughters, and some sort of debt that nobody cares about. There's absolutely no payoff to any of this: It's like watching a roulette wheel that never stops spinning.
And then, not a moment too soon, the mood darkens and Cocteau starts painting with some nightmare fog: disembodied arms, animated statues, and hallways as empty as hollowed out rib cages.
Even with Cocteau's cool imagery, it's hard to care too much about Josette Day; she's pretty much just a boring version of Catherine Deneuve. Day emits no real emotion; no palpable terror or realistic empathy. She's basically as cold as a loose bolt in a tool box.
The best thing about watching this film is that I finally get where Catherine Breillat was coming from when she made the fabulous "Blue Beard".