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★★★★☆Cited by numerous contemporary fantasy filmmakers - Mexican maestro Guillermo del Toro included - as a major influence on their own consequent bodies of work, French movie magician Jean Cocteau is commemorated by the BFI once again with the 4K rerelease of his 1946 fairy tale, La Belle et la Bête. Based on the 18th century novelist Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont's classic story of corrupting curses and woodland witchcraft, it's Josette Day's eye-catching Belle who eventually falls for the titular Beast - one half of a superb double performance from Jean Marais - following an encroachment by her father.


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