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La belle et la bête
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Beauty and the Beast -- 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.

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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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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 »
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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)
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jean Marais said that the initial design for the Beast was like a deer, before the more predatory look was decided upon.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As the boys ride out of the barn on magnificent to go and steal the treasure of the beast, the lad on back loses his hat. In the next shot, shown from outside, both riders are wearing their hats.See more »
Quotes:
Ludovic:Get your hands off her! You want a black eye?
Belle:It's all right, Ludovic. He was asking me to marry him.
Ludovic:What did you say?
Avenant:Your sister doesn't want me!
Ludovic:Bravo, Belle. I'm a scoundrel, and proud of it, but I won't stand to see you marry one.
Ludovic:[to Avenant] Consider yourself warned. Now clear out, you hoodlum!
[Avenant punches Ludovic in the face]
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

How does it end?
Can the original fairy tale be read online?
Why was the same actor cast as both the Beast and as Avenant?
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51 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Magical Misty Tour de force, 25 December 2004
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

I first saw this when about 10 years old, it made little impression on me then, probably because I couldn't hope to appreciate it or understand it all when so young. Next time I was 25 and was bowled over by its imagery, and as I've got older come to appreciate it more and more.

So much for watching it through a child's eyes and accepting the fantasy at face value! At the beginning Cocteau states "Once upon a time...", but really for discerning adult cineastes (and/or poets) to drop their guards and enjoy it for what it was - a magical filmic fantasy. It's uniformly marvellous in all departments, direction, photography, acting, music, design, and Cocteau trotted out all his favourite cinematic tricks - just part of the sequence between Blood of a Poet in '30 and Testament of Orphee in '61. The script was suitably steeped in non sequiteurs and puzzles to add to the heaviness of it all. Er, not that it matters but what happened to Ludovic?

The wonderful dark brooding smoky atmosphere is the most important aspect though - there are few films I've seen with such a powerful cinematic atmosphere, Reinhardt's Midsummer Night's Dream is one and Dead of Night another etc. But the romantic melancholic atmosphere here was something ... incredible. It was only possible with black and white nitrate film stock to capture such gleaming, glistening and time- and place-evoking moving images - it hasn't been quite the same since 1950 with safety film in use.

If you're an adult about to give it your first (let yourself) go, I envy thee! All in all a lovely inconsequential fantasy, make what erudite and informative allegorical allusions you will.

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