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Beauty and the Beast

France, French, 96 mins

Original Title

La Belle et La Bête
  • Director: Jean Cocteau; René Clément
  • Writer: Jean Cocteau
  • Producer: André Paulvé

CGiii Comment

Simply wonderful...when film was truly magical.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Adélaïde, Belle, Félicie and Ludovic are young adult siblings who once lived in grandeur until their father's merchant ships were lost at sea. The family is now near ruin, but Adélaïde and Félicie nonetheless still squander away the family money on themselves and keeping beautiful, whereas Belle slaves around the house, doting on her father. Ludovic detests his two spoiled sisters, but is protective of Belle, especially with his friend Avenant, a handsome scoundrel who wants to marry Belle. Crossing the forest one dark and stormy evening, the father gets lost and takes refuge in a fantastical castle. Upon leaving, he steals a blossom off a rose bush, which Belle requested. The castle's resident, an angry beast, sentences him to one of two options for the theft of the rose: his own death, or that of one of his daughters. As she feels she is the cause of her father's predicament (despite her sisters asking for far more lavish gifts), Belle sacrifices herself to the beast.

Cast & Characters

Jean Marais as La Bête / The Prince / Avenant;
Josette Day as Belle;
Mila Parely as Felicie;
Nane Germon as Adelaide;
Michel Auclair as Ludovic;
Raoul Marco as The Usurer;
Marcel Andre as Belle's Father;
Janice Felty as La Belle;
John Kuether as The Father / The usurer;
Ana Maria Martinez as Felicie;
Hallie Neill as Adelaide;
Gregory Purnhagen as La Bete / Avenant / Ardent / The port official;
Zhang Zhou as Ludovic;
Noel Blin as Footman;
Jean Cocteau as Voice of Magic

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