La Belle et la Bête

Director: Jean Cocteau.
Starring: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély.
France 1946. 95 mins. French with English subtitles.

Despite the stringent conditions of its making in post-liberation France, Cocteau’s exquisite version of the 18th-century fairy tale remains one of the greatest films of the fantasy genre. Beauty gives herself to the Beast who has held her father to ransom. Through love, and to her slight disappointment, he turns into a handsome prince. Romantic, erotic, hallucinatory and almost tragic, this is an intelligent, grown-up retelling of a ‘children’s’ tale.

Club and Group screenings

Sun 19th Nov The Enchanted Screen: Picturehouse presents a season of folk and fairytale films Vintage Sundays: Classic films back on the big screen where they belong.

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