Beauty and the Beast (La belle et la bête)
This film is not currently showing in cinemas.
While the story of Beauty and the Beast has, in recent years, been adapted by Disney to great effect, the poetic and beguiling 1946 version by Jean Cocteau (and an uncredited René Clément) remains a magical film. Created as an escapist fantasy as France recovered from World War II, the film stars Josette Day as Belle, a young woman invited to stay as a guest of the animalistic Beast (a magnetic Jean Marais) in his castle. A fantasy romance packed with stunning effects and wonderful design.
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