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

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 2, 1998
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies

If the first act of La Belle et la Bęte showcases familial insecurity in all its ferociousness, the second part, which actually involves a monster, is amazingly peaceful, full of surrealist cinema tricks and haunting mise-en-scene.

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Variety Staff

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

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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Jean Oppenheimer
New Times

So enchanting it takes your breath away, Jean Cocteau's 1946 live-action version of the famous fairy tale remains one of the most magical films ever made.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's a magical passage to a more impassioned and bewitching era.

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Xan Brooks
Observer [UK]

La belle et la bęte is full of wonder and mystery. It's cinema's ultimate love story, dressed up as a monster.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
An enchanting film that surprises us with its magical atmostphere and dazzling visual effects, even if the plot can be a bit repetitive and contrived when… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Beauty And The Beast revives the timeless and classic fable, but with the sophisticated vision of French artist Jean Cocteau. Impressive. Lovely.
Randy Tippy
<i>La Belle et la Bęte</i> is poetry captured on film. The haunting effects of Bęte's castle furnishings are alone worth the price of… More
Spencer S.
If you've seen the Disney version, you may want to read the original fairy tale before viewing, otherwise you'll be either lost or completely… More
Tim Salmons
Jean Cocteau's masterpiece, La Belle et la bete, is one of the most perfect fantasy films ever made. Not only is it incredibly well-shot (with not just… More
Elvira B
<p>This version of Beauty and the Beast is the perfect visual rendition of a fairy tale: lush and overflowing with light and texture. The atmosphere is… More

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