Beauty and the beast

Beauty and the beast

Belle et la b^ete

DVD - 2003 | French
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Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Criterion Collection, 2003
Edition: Newly restored special ed
ISBN: 9780780026094
0780026098
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Belle et la b^ete

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Starpoem
Dec 05, 2018

The story doesn't always flow smoothly, but that hardly matters, because this film is just so visually interesting. It's very atmospheric and exquisitely detailed. The special effects are amazing for their time (1940's), and the costumes are just amazing, period. The Beast's glowing eyes and smoldering paws are heart-stopping. It's easy to see how this classic film has influenced countless other shows and movies over the decades.

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RoyalJellyIII
Jul 13, 2018

Beauty and the Beast is a magical, sublime film with universal themes of love, desire, fear and agony. Jean Cocteau created a magical film full of surreal environments. The characters are wonderful and the relationship between Belle and the Beast is glorious to look at. When you enter the Beast Castle it is like you are entering a wonderful dream. The special effects of the film are amazingly done and are even more spectacular when you consider that there were no computers at that time.
Cocteau created a wonderful masterpiece which themes still resounds today and the story still fills us with joy and magic.

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CrewCutKen
Jun 27, 2018

U_Yongsterz says "Meow!!!"

This 1946 film is rated as being a masterpiece and I guess I can sort of understand why if we limit ourselves to the arty-farty sequences that are interspersed throughout the film. However, what about the story, folks? This one is definitely style over substance.

This fantasy film is also a bit of a mess, and slightly grotesque in parts, too.

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Calvacade
Jun 26, 2018

The film needs no introduction, a true classic, maybe one of the best ever. This package includes just about all the extras any film buff could want. You youngsters, check this out to see how gorgeous a black and white film can be.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 26, 2018

Jean Cocteau's film version of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's "La Belle et la Bête" is a wonder of cinema. Cocteau begins his film by imploring his audience to regain their childhood sense of wonder and imagination before presenting a story with all the trappings of a classic fairy tale made real though some of the most gorgeous uses of cinematic technique and practical effects. Cocteau's Belle is truly a beauty and his Beast both monstrous and regal. When Belle first walks through the castle and sees phantom hands holding aloft the candlesticks, I defy a viewer not to gaze with wonder.

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Derringer
Jun 25, 2018

In between "Once upon a time" and "They lived happily ever after" - This film's story really let me down in a big way. I had heard a lot about this 1946 fantasy film, but it just didn't deliver an engrossing enough tale of enchantment and magic to hold my attention for very long.

I guess that because this was a French production a lot of its wonder got lost on me. 'Cause I get the impression that they seem to view things quite differently over there than we do here in North America. And that difference, of course, played a major part in how this film's story was presented to its audience.

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Me_Tarzan
Jun 19, 2018

Yes. I certainly do recall seeing 1946's "Beauty and the Beast" on television as a child. And, I do remember that it did leave an impression on me.

But, seeing it now, after all that time - I found that the intended enchantment of this 72-year-old fantasy-romance picture got completely lost on me and left me dead-cold.

For the most part - I found that not only was the beast a pretty silly boy - But, a lot of the time the story's situations (along with its character portrayals) seemed somehow unnecessarily forced and absurd to the point of being a literal pain in the neck.

And, with that all said and done - I ask you this - Why is it that French actors from that era in movie-making often had an annoying tendency to over-act their part when they really should have been down-playing a scene? Eh? Why?

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swyckl
Jan 25, 2018

I liked this fiction Drama Love Story DVD. It is too scary for children. This is the main story very different than what Disney did. There is no singing or music. It is based on the original French story. It is spoken in English. It is well done.

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riita
Dec 16, 2014

What a beautiful movie-Wow..

Black and white
In French with English subtitles.

The most beautiful photography-just like paintings. Such a moving story. The most beautiful woman is Belle. The magical special effects are just wonderful.

Don't miss the the extras, especially how much work goes into the remastering and the makeup.

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eusebius
Nov 01, 2013

One of my favourites for decades; all performances are superb, especially Jean Marais as the beast.

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