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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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Part of the seriesTHE FRENCH OLD WAVE

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

(1946, Jean Cocteau) In 17th-century France, village "belle" Josette Day sacrifices herself to fearsome "bête" Jean Marais as atonement for her father's transgressions. Cocteau's transcendent treatment of the folktale strives through use of poetic imagery and a minimum of special effects to achieve a "realism of the unreal.” Approx. 93 min. 35mm.

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“A sumptuous film fantasy, superbly photographed.
One of Cocteau’s greatest successes as a filmmaker.”

– Georges Sadoul