Classic Film Tuesday: Beauty & the Beast (1946)

1946 – Drama, Fantasy

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Tuesday, November 28

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

“It is one of the most magical of all films. Before the days of computer effects and modern creature makeup, here is a fantasy alive with trick shots and astonishing effects, giving us a Beast who is lonely like a man and misunderstood like an animal.” – Roger Ebert

Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film, directed by French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. Starring Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais as the Beast, it is an adaptation of the 1757 story Beauty and the Beast, written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published as part of a fairy tale anthology.

The plot of Cocteau’s film revolves around Belle’s father who is sentenced to death for picking a rose from Beast’s garden. Belle offers to go back to the Beast in her father’s place. Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage on a nightly basis which she refuses. Belle eventually becomes more drawn to Beast, who tests her by letting her return home to her family and telling her that if she doesn’t return to him within a week, he will die of grief.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy    Rating: NR    Runtime: 93 min

Language: English Subtitles

Sponsored by: The Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Foundation