BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Directed by Jean Cocteau
US release date: Feb 12, 2016

Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.

Cocteau's treatment of the folk tale shines through his use of live action and minimal special effects to achieve a "realism of the unreal," complete with magnificent sets and costumes by art director Christian Bérard. The film evokes both Vermeer and Doré, and the subtle fast and slow motion effects of cameraman Henri Alekan construct a truly magical atmosphere--one quite unlike Disney’s. Newly restored 35mm print.


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (France, 1946)
Written and directed by Jean Cocteau
With Josette Day, Jean Marais
Based on the short story by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont


US Distributor: Janus Films
> Opens in New York on February 12 at Film Forum

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