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Beauty and the Beast (Criterion Collection) (1946)

Cast: Josette Day, Josette Day, Jean Marais, more...
Director: Jean Cocteau, Jean Cocteau
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Foreign, Classic Sci-Fi, Classic Romance, France, Classic Sci Fi/Fantasy, Fantasy, Classic Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Myths, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Jean Cocteau's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (originally released in France as La Belle et la BÍte) stars Josette Day as Beauty and Jean Marais as the Beast. When a merchant (Marcel Andrť) is told that he must die for picking a rose from the Beast's garden, his courageous daughter (Day) offers to go back to the Beast in her father's place. The Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage on a nightly basis; she refuses, having pledged her troth to a handsome prince (also played by Marais). Eventually, however, she is drawn to the repellent but strangely fascinating Beast, who tests her fidelity by giving her a key, telling her that if she doesn't return it to him by a specific time, he will die of grief. The film features a musical score by Georges Auric. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Special features:

  • Original opera written for the film by renowned composer Philip Glass, presented in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Screening at the Majestic, 1995 documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Interview with cinematographer Henri Alekan
  • Two commentary tracks: one featuring film historian Arthur Knight, and the other featuring writer/cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Rare behind-the-scenes and publicity stills
  • Original 1945 trailer narrated by Cocteau
  • Film restoration demonstration
  • 1995 restoration trailer

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