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Rating: 9 stars


Criterion black and white magic literary adaptation French fourth wall

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Seen on: 12/21/2020

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Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Directed by Jean Cocteau

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Most recently watched by sensoria, sleestakk, lordofthemovies


The story of a gentle-hearted beast in love with a simple and beautiful girl. She is drawn to the repellent but strangely fascinating Beast, who tests her fidelity by giving her a key, telling her that if she doesn’t return it to him by a specific time, he will die of grief. She is unable to return the key on time, but it is revealed that the Beast is the genuinely handsome one. A simple tale of tragic love that turns into a surreal vision of death, desire, and beauty.

Length 96 minutes


Jean Cocteau | Jean Marais | Josette Day | Marcel André | Mila Parély | Nane Germon | Michel Auclair | Raoul Marco

Viewing Notes

Loved the intentional fourth wall breaking at the outset, which does nothing to distract from the fantastic set design, costumes and practical effects. And my god, Josette Day is stunning.


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