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La Belle Et La Bête
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    Actors: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Raoul Marco, Marcel André, Janice Felty, John Kuether, Ana María Martinez, Hallie Neill, Gregory Purnhagen & Zhang Zhou

    Director: Jean Cocteau
    Certificate: PG
    Year: 1946
    Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
    Number of Discs: 1
    Classification: PG
    Studio: Bfi Video

    Languages: French
    Subtitles: English
    Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes (approx)
    Region: Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.




    'Absolute magic, diamond cold and lunar bright' - The Observer


Visionary filmmaker and poet Jean Cocteau responded to the terrors and creative constraints of occupied France with this elaborately realized take on the classic fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Suggested by his longtime collaborator and muse, French actor Jean Marais, the cinematic version of the fable first penned by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont became Cocteau's most celebrated film. Cocteau renders the story of a gentlehearted beast in love with a simple and beautiful girl in the style of the luminous paintings of Dutch master Vermeer. From the quaint and humorous scenes of Beauty's happy home to the ominous surreal spectacle of the Beast's enchanted estate, Cocteau transforms the simple tale of tragic love into a surreal vision of death, desire, and beauty. Marais is chilling as the lonely and tormented beast, projecting a wounded love for the glacial yet endearing Beauty (Josette Day), whose simple request for a rose from her father brings tragedy crashing down on her whole family.

Cocteau expands upon the cinematic inventiveness first seen in his masterpiece BLOOD OF A POET with mirrors made of water, living statues, and candelabras fashioned from living arms, transforming a children's fable into a complex and radiant cinematic classic.


    ''One of the most spellbinding fairy tales in all cinema' - The Times


La Belle et la Bete is a landmark feat of cinematic fantasy in which master filmmaker Jean Cocteau conjures spectacular visions of enchantment, desire and death that have never been equalled. The BFI proudly presents the original film version of this fairy-tale masterpiece, in a digitally restored edition.

Josette Day is luminous yet feisty as Beauty, and Jean Marais gives one of his best performances as the Beast, at once brutal and gentle, rapacious and vulnerable, shamed and repelled by his own bloodlust. Cinematography, lighting, costume and set designs combine to make La Belle et la Bete a thrilling piece of cinema.

Henri Alekan's subtle black and white cinematography combine with Christian Berard's masterly costumes and set designs to create a magical piece of cinema, a children's fairytale refashioned into a stylised and highly sophisticated dream.


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    SPECIAL FEATURES
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  • Full feature commentary By cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Fully illustrated booklet containing posters, stills, artwork and a new essay by Marina Warner
  • Digitally restored and remastered
  • Newly created optional English subtitles
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)
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    France | 90 min.
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    4:3 - 1.33:1
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    Black & White, Full Screen, PAL
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    Bfi Video
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