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Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946)

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Critic Consensus: With its magical optical effects and enchanting performances, Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast remains the most surreal -- and soulful -- of the fairy tale's film adaptations.

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Jean Cocteau's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (originally released in France as La Belle et la Bte) stars Josette Day as Beauty and Jean Marais as the Beast. When a merchant (Marcel Andr (C)) is told that he must die for picking a rose from the Beast's garden, his courageous daughter (Day) offers to go back to the Beast in her father's place. The Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage on a nightly basis; she refuses, having pledged her troth to a handsome prince (also played by Marais). Eventually, however, 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. The film features a musical score by Georges Auric. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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Studio:
Lopert Pictures

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Cast

Jean Marais
as The Beast/Avenant
Josette Day
as Belle
Marcel André
as Belle's Father
Mila Parely
as Felicie
Nane Germon
as Felice
Michel Auclair
as Ludovic
Raoul Marco
as The Usurer
Jean Cocteau
as Magic objects [uncredited]
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Critic Reviews for Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête)

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (11)

Beauty is fragile. Magic is rare. And it's precisely the blessing of the cinema that it affords us such opportunities to indulge in fantasy.

Full Review… | February 9, 2016
Village Voice
Top Critic

A sublime, sumptuous film directed by Jean Cocteau with the help of Rene Clement.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Unduly slow pace and repetitious use of trick sets hurts chances of this film.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

Cocteau's fairytale set standards in fantasy which few other film-makers have reached.

February 11, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Studied or not for philosophy, this is a sensuously fascinating film, a fanciful poem in movement given full articulation on the screen.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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A daring artist, working in a difficult time of shortages and old equipment, convened 'a little village of workmen' and packaged a dream for the ages.

Full Review… | November 14, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête)

½

An enchanting film that surprises us with its magical atmosphere and dazzling visual effects, even if the plot can be a bit repetitive and contrived when focusing on the development of the characters' relationship, leading to an end that is not as satisfying as it should be.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Fresh on the heels of WWll, Jean Cocteau's elegant fantasy is disguised as a treat for children perhaps but is more squarely aimed at adults and asks for a bit of a return to innocence after the terror of the war. Decidedly French (one oaf of a suitor slaps a woman and there is no response to the act), the film is slow for modern tastes, without CGI obviously, and yet it's languor is seductive, designed to draw us closer to the heart of a film that seeks to embrace us in its magic. And there's plenty of that on hand here.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

La Belle et la Bête is poetry captured on film. The haunting effects of Bête's castle furnishings are alone worth the price of admission (or DVD rental). Visually, the entire picture is stunning. A beautiful work of art.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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