This episode, we watch the classic French film “La belle et la bete” (Beauty and the Beast). Jean Cocteau’s artistic rending of the classic French fairy tale is a clear influence of the adaptations that followed up to and including the well known Disney version. We talk a lot about the artistry of the film as well as the clear influences on other works. We also spend some time looking at the production filmed in post WWII France.
For our next episode, we will be watching Stagecoach!
|Beauty and the Beast (1946)|
|Rating: 7.9/10 (23,600 votes)
Director: Jean Cocteau, René Clément
Writer: Jean Cocteau (dialogue), Jean Cocteau (screenplay), Jean Cocteau (story), Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (story)
Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon
Runtime: 93 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Released: 23 Dec 1947
|Plot: A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.|