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La belle et la bête
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Beauty and the Beast (1946) More at IMDbPro »La belle et la bête (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Jean Cocteau (dialogue)
Jean Cocteau (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 December 1947 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Do Women Prefer The Beast In Men? See more »
Plot:
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful, poetic, and haunting See more (118 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Marais ... La Bête (The Beast) / The Prince / Avenant

Josette Day ... Belle
Mila Parély ... Félicie
Nane Germon ... Adélaïde

Michel Auclair ... Ludovic
Raoul Marco ... The Usurer
Marcel André ... Belle's Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janice Felty ... La Belle (1995 opera version) (singing voice)
John Kuether ... The Father / The usurer (1995 opera version) (singing voice)
Jacques Marbeuf
Ana María Martinez ... Félicie (1995 opera version) (singing voice)
Hallie Neill ... Adélaïde (1995 opera version) (singing voice)
Gregory Purnhagen ... La Bête / Avenant / Ardent / The port official (1995 opera version) (singing voice)
Zhang Zhou ... Ludovic (1995 opera version) (singing voice)

Claude Autant-Lara ... The Port Official (uncredited)
Noël Blin ... Footman (uncredited)

Jean Cocteau ... Voice of Magic (voice) (uncredited)

Christian Marquand ... Footman (uncredited)
Gilles Watteaux ... Footman (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Cocteau 
René Clément (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Cocteau  dialogue
Jean Cocteau  screenplay
Jean Cocteau  story
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont  story

Produced by
André Paulvé .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Alekan 
 
Film Editing by
Claude Ibéria 
 
Production Design by
Christian Bérard 
Lucien Carré  (as Carré)
 
Set Decoration by
Lucien Carré  (as Carré)
René Moulaert 
 
Costume Design by
Antonio Castillo 
Marcel Escoffier 
Christian Bérard (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Hagop Arakelian .... makeup artist (as Arakelian)
 
Production Management
Émile Darbon .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound
Héctor Castillo .... sound engineer: opera version
P. Gaborian .... sound assistant
Henry Girbal .... sound assistant (as H. Girbal)
Jacques Lebreton .... sound
Mario McNulty .... assistant sound engineer: opera version
Rouzenat .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
G.R. Aldo .... still photographer (as Aldo)
Robert Foucard .... camera operator (as Foucard)
Raymond Letouzey .... camera operator (as Letouzey)
Henri Tiquet .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pierre Cardin .... costume maker (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Roger Desormière .... orchestra's conductor
 
Other crew
René Clément .... technical advisor
Lucile Costa .... script supervisor
Roger Rogelys .... general manager
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La belle et la bête" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min | USA:93 min | Germany:90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Dolby Digital (1995 opera version)
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Trivia:
Jean Marais originally suggested to Jean Cocteau for the beast to have a stag's head, obviously remembering a detail in the fairy tale. While this suggestion followed the narrative lines of its fairy tale origin and would have evoked the mythical echo of Cernunnos, the Celtic stag-headed god of the woods. Marais' idea was nonetheless refused by Cocteau who feared that in the eyes of modern cinema audiences a stag's head would turn the beast into a laughing-stock.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1 min) The chin of the actor portraying the "arm candle branch" to the left of Belle as she nears the talking door is visible.See more »
Quotes:
Ludovic:May the devil himself splatter you with dung.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Little Darlings (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
La belle et la bêteSee more »

FAQ

Can the original fairy tale be read online?
Is this movie based on a book?
Why was the same actor cast as both the Beast and as Avenant?
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40 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, poetic, and haunting, 4 January 2000
Author: Paul Gunther from Los Angeles, California

Cocteau was a poet. Make no mistake. First and foremost. Not only in history's mind, but in his own as well. We are truly blessed that he was a filmmaker as well, and a brilliant one at that, marvelously weaving together a tapestry that mystically incorporated both words and sounds with the beautiful visions that lay captured in his mind.

Cocteau's vision of "Beauty and the Beast" is a visual marvel. To explain these marvels for you would be to ruin the experience. And it is an experience. But it is one of the poet: borne of symbolism and mythology. This is a fairy tale that a child could appreciate for its romance and beauty, and a parent for its intelligence and use of symbolism and metaphor. I recommend this film unreservedly. If you like classics and consider yourself a serious filmgoer, Cocteau's film is essential to your education.

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