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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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Beauty and the Beast -- The pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast.

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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 See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful, poetic, and haunting See more (109 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)
Noël Blin ... Footman (uncredited)

Jean Cocteau ... Voice of Magic (voice) (uncredited)
Christian Marquand ... Footman (uncredited)
Gilles Watteaux ... Footman (uncredited)
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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:
Anachronisms: As Beauty and the Beast walk in the garden, a comparatively modernly dressed boy in short pants is visible for a few seconds to the top right behind them.See more »
Quotes:
La Bête:So, my dear sir, you steal my roses. You steal my roses, the things I love most in all the world. Your luck has gone from bad to worse. You could have taken anything except my roses. The punishment for this simple theft is death!
Belle's Father:Sir, I didn't know. I meant no harm. My daughter asked me to bring her a rose.
La Bête:Don't address me as "sir." I'm called the Beast! I don't like compliments. Don't try to understand. You have fifteen minutes to prepare to die!
Belle's Father:Sir...
La Bête:Again! The Beast orders you to be silent. You stole a rose, so you must die. Unless one of your daughters... how many do you have?
Belle's Father:Three.
La Bête:Unless one of your daughters agrees to pay your debt and take your place.
Belle's Father:But...
La Bête:Don't argue! Be off! Make the most of the chance I have offered you. And should your daughters refuse to die in your place, swear to return in three days. Swear it!
Belle's Father:I swear. But how will I find my way home. I got lost in the forest.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Beauty and the Beast (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Why was the same actor cast as both the Beast and as Avenant?
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36 out of 48 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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