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La Belle et la Bête 1946

89 mins France Director. Jean Cocteau

With its enchanted castle, home to fantastic living statuary, and director Jean Cocteau’s lover Jean Marais starring as a Beast who is at once brutal and gentle, rapacious and vulnerable, shamed and repelled by his own bloodlust, this remains a high point of the cinematic Gothic imagination. As Marina Warner has written, ‘The film unfolds to a perfectly poised slow tempo in surreal settings that gain intensity from the fabulous décor and costumes, the glittering lighting and the many moments of magic effects. The candle-lit shadow-play deepens the Gothic atmosphere of the beast’s castle, harking back to early expressionist classics of the genre.’

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Directed by

Jean Cocteau

Featuring

Josette Day

Jean Marais

Genres

Fantasy

Collection

Love is a Devil French Cinema

Released

1946

Country

France

Language

French

Production company

André Paulvé Productions

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