Thursday, July 07, 2011

Cinema: La Belle et la Bête



Forget Disney. This stunning 1946 adaptation by Jean Cocteau of the classic fairy tale is truly one of the most beautiful and romantic films I've ever seen — with delicate performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. A meditation on enchantment, desire, and death, Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) is definitely a must see. Incidentally, Philip Glass wrote a soundtrack to accompany this film several years ago — well worth seeking out as it's also wonderful. More about the film here on Criterion.

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