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Beauty and the Beast (1946)

La belle et la bête (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 23 December 1947 (USA)
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A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

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Complete credited cast:
... La Bête (The Beast) / The Prince / Avenant
... Belle
Mila Parély ... Félicie
Nane Germon ... Adélaïde
... 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)
Zhengzhong Zhou ... Ludovic (1995 opera version) (singing voice)
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Adélaïde, Belle, Félicie and Ludovic are young adult siblings who once lived in grandeur until their father's merchant ships were lost at sea. The family is now near ruin, but Adélaïde and Félicie nonetheless still squander away the family money on themselves and keeping beautiful, whereas Belle slaves around the house, doting on her father. Ludovic detests his two spoiled sisters, but is protective of Belle, especially with his friend Avenant, a handsome scoundrel who wants to marry Belle. Crossing the forest one dark and stormy evening, the father gets lost and takes refuge in a fantastical castle. Upon leaving, he steals a blossom off a rose bush, which Belle requested. The castle's resident, an angry beast, sentences him to one of two options for the theft of the rose: his own death, or that of one of his daughters. As she feels she is the cause of her father's predicament (despite her sisters asking for far more lavish gifts), Belle sacrifices herself to the beast. Upon arriving ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Release Date:

23 December 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Beast  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,708, 23 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$298,718
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| (1995 opera version)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Klaus Kinski was a big fan of this movie and later played the Beast in Faerie Tale Theatre: Beauty and the Beast (1984), where the costumes and make-up were inspired by this film. See more »

Goofs

Boom visible at the top of the picture during the entire scene when Ludovic and Avenant first approach Diane's pavilion. See more »

Quotes

Avenant: Belle, you weren't made to be a servant. Even the floor longs to be your mirror! You mustn't go on slaving day and night for your sisters.
Belle: If our father's ships hadn't been lost in the storm, then perhaps I could enjoy myself like them. But we're ruined, Avenant, and I must work.
Avenant: Why don't your sisters work?
Belle: My sisters are too beautiful. Their hands are too white.
Avenant: Belle, you are the most beautiful of all! Look at your hands.
Belle: Avenant, let go of my hand. Please go. I must finish my work.
Avenant: I love ...
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Crazy Credits

The title and some of the opening credits are written with chalk on a blackboard, and then erased. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tiempo de amor (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

La belle et la bête
an opera by Philip Glass
(Not part of the original soundtrack, and not heard in the film's first two releases)
© 1995 Nonesuch Records for the US and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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one of a kind perfect and unforgettable
17 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

So many amazing things here.

The story is iconic and archetypal. Not merely "a" love story but arguably "the" love story from which all other love stories have evolved. If you are writing your doctorate on Men & Women, you could do worse than use this story as the basis for your thesis.

The fact that it was made at all -- most the filming took place in France at the end of the occupation.

The genius of Cocteau, who gets so much more from camera angles and good actors than any modern anime.

The special effects are astonishing considering, in theory, they did not even exist. At times, the character, Beast, seems to be smoking as if he is on fire. Seriously.

So it is in French. The dialogue is so simple to follow you could actually learn French by the time it is over.

Brilliant and unequalled. Could be seen again and again.


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