Beauty and the Beast (Criterion Collection)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 11, 2003
- Originally Released: 1946
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: Film Restoration Demonstration
- Interviews: Henri Alekan - Cinematographer
- Audio Commentary:
- Arthur Knight - Film Historian
- Christopher Frayling - Cultural Historian
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- 1995 Restoration Trailer
- Production Notes
- English Translation of Original Leprinsce de Beaumont Fable
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Josette Day & Jean Marais|
|Performer:||Marcel André, Mila Parely, Michel Auclair & Nane Germon|
|Directed by||Jean Cocteau|
|Screenwriting by||Jean Cocteau|
|Story by||Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont|
|Produced by||André Paulvé|
|Director of Photography:||Henri Alekan|
Rating: 3/5 -- There's no doubting the craftsmanlike elegance of the film, summoning up with relish the spirit of classic fairytale Disney of the 50s and 60s... Full Review
...There's an undeniable thrill in having BEAST unspool as Glass' hypnotic music swirls around the room...
Rating: 5/5 -- The film that ranks seventh on the list of the 100 best animated films of the American Film Institute is full of tender scenes, delectable musical sequences and of course a phenomenal story. [Full review in Spanish] Full Review
Rincón de cine
Rating: 4/5 -- Unsubtle perhaps, but never fails to hit the right notes.
Little White Lies
It's got storytelling vigor and clarity, bright, eclectic animation, and a frisky musical wit.
Rating: 4/4 -- The animation still pops. Each song lodges itself in your brain. The imagination jumps off the page. Most importantly, Belle and Beast's love story inspires swoons and tears. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Beauty and the Beast is certainly adequate holiday entertainment for children and their more indulgent parents... But the film has little of the technical facility, vivid characterization and emotional impact of Disney past. Full Review
Visionary filmmaker and poet Jean Cocteau responded to the terrors and creative constraints of occupied France with this elaborately realized take on the classic fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Suggested by his longtime collaborator and muse, French actor Jean Marais, the cinematic version of the fable first penned by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont became Cocteau's most celebrated film. Cocteau renders the story of a gentlehearted beast in love with a simple and beautiful girl in the style of the luminous paintings of Dutch master Vermeer. From the quaint and humorous scenes of Beauty's happy home to the ominous surreal spectacle of the Beast's enchanted estate, Cocteau transforms the simple tale of tragic love into a surreal vision of death, desire, and beauty. Marais is chilling as the lonely and tormented beast, projecting a wounded love for the glacial yet endearing Beauty (Josette Day), whose simple request for a rose from her father brings tragedy crashing down on her whole family. Cocteau expands upon the cinematic inventiveness first seen in his masterpiece BLOOD OF A POET with mirrors made of water, living statues, and candelabras fashioned from living arms, transforming a children's fable into a complex and radiant cinematic classic.
One of the great classics of cinema, Jean Cocteau's marvelous twist on the timeless fairy tale plunges the viewer into a stunningly dreamlike world.
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