Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast • 1h 33m
Directed by Jean Cocteau • 1946 • France
Starring Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély
Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.
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