Beauty and the Beast

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Released 1946

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Director:
Jean Cocteau
Released:
1946
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Beauty and the Beast (1946), directed by celebrated French auteur and poet, Jean Cocteau, is a foreign film adaptation of the traditional fairytale titled La Belle et la B''te. Captured and sentenced to death by a beastly shell of a man, a wealthy merchant (Marcel Andr'') regrets his decision to pick a rose from the beast's garden. The merchant's youngest of three daughters, called Belle (Josette Day), the French word for "beauty", for being young, lovely and pure of heart, gives herself over to the beast to save her father. Weathering murderous sisters, a dishonest suitor and being kept prisoner of her own accord, Belle's purity of soul shines through as she finds the beauty hiding within her monstrous, yet inwardly fragile, jailer. Notable for its surreal quality and the evocation of enchantment using the movie technology of the time, Beauty and the Beast is a timeless fantasy classic that belongs in the annals of the world's greatest films.

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Classics, Love & Romance, Foreign Language