Beauty and the Beast | Chicago Reader

Beauty and the Beast

A sublime, sumptuous film directed by Jean Cocteau with the help of René Clément (1946). Cocteau re-creates the classic story of the beauty who gives herself to the beast to save her father, and whose growing love eventually transforms him into a handsome prince, with a brilliant blend of decor (sets by Christian Berard), human forms (superb makeup by Arakelian), and visual effects (dreamlike photography by Henri Alekan). Josette Day, Jean Marais, and Marcel André star. In French with subtitles.

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