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Jean Cocteau, La Belle et la Bête, 1946

La Belle et la Bête by Jean Cocteau

1 Apr 20174 Apr 2017

A hapless merchant lost in a dark forest seeks refuge in the castle of a hideous monster who threatens to kill him unless one of his three daughters will agree to take his place. But when Beauty appears, the Beast falls madly in love with her. This Beast is all repressed lust and melancholy refinement, while Beauty is no mere damsel in distress, overcoming her fears to explore a glittering, shadowy realm which abounds in supernatural terrors and delights. Might she secretly relish this adventure which will help unlock her deepest desires?

Cocteau aspired towards a ‘realism of the unreal’, working with cinematographer Henri Alekan and designer Christian Bérard to conjure up a world of living statues, talking mirrors and candelabras clutched in disembodied hands.

La Belle et la Bête, dir. Jean Cocteau, France 1946, 93 mins

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