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: January 1, 1946
DVD 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.

Calum Marsh
Village Voice

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.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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

Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Beauty and the Beast is literally full of smoke and mirrors, and this is why it never ages: it doesn't depend on the vagaries of zippy, rapidly outdated technology but, instead, on the allure of shadows, light and tactile things,.

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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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Max Cavitch
Slant Magazine

It's precisely the questions and challenges of visibility-of what's obvious and to whom and why-that the film so masterfully explores.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
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… 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
Kevin M. Williams
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… 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

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