Beauty and the Beast ()

La belle et la bête (original title)
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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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La Bête (The Beast) / The Prince / Avenant
Mila Parély ...
Nane Germon ...
The Usurer
Marcel André ...
Belle's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janice Felty ...
La Belle (1995 opera version) (singingVoice)
John Kuether ...
The Father / The usurer (1995 opera version) (singingVoice)
Jacques Marbeuf
Ana María Martinez ...
Félicie (1995 opera version) (singingVoice)
Hallie Neill ...
Adélaïde (1995 opera version) (singingVoice)
Gregory Purnhagen ...
La Bête / Avenant / Ardent / The port official (1995 opera version) (singingVoice)
Zhengzhong Zhou ...
Ludovic (1995 opera version) (singingVoice)
Noël Blin ...
Footman (uncredited)
Voice of Magic (uncredited) (voice)
Footman (uncredited)
Gilles Watteaux ...
Footman (uncredited)

Directed by

Jean Cocteau
René Clément ... (uncredited)

Written by

Jean Cocteau ... (dialogue)
Jean Cocteau ... (screenplay)
Jean Cocteau ... (story)
Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont ... (story)

Produced by

André Paulvé ... executive producer

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

Script and Continuity Department

Lucile Costa ... script supervisor

Other crew

René Clément ... technical advisor
Roger Rogelys ... general manager
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 at the castle, Belle finds that the beast, whose grotesqueness she cannot deny, does not want to kill her, but wants to marry her and lavish her with riches. He does not force her, but he will ask her every night to marry him, these times the only ones when he will appear to her. She vows never to say yes. As Belle resigns herself to her mortal fate and looks deeper into the beast - whose grotesque exterior masks a kind but tortured soul - will her thoughts change? Meanwhile, Belle's family, who learn of her situation, have their own thoughts of what to do, some working toward what they believe is Belle's best welfare, and others working toward their own benefit. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Beauty and the Beast (United States)
  • Beauty and the Beast (World-wide, English title)
  • La Belle et la Bête (United Kingdom)
  • Beauty and the Beast (United Kingdom)
  • Es war einmal (Germany)
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  • 96 min
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Trivia The effect of the candles lighting themselves as the merchant passes them was achieved by blowing them out and then running the film in reverse as he walked backward past them. The entire sequence was done in one long take and reversed - a quick glimpse of the fireplace shows the flames appearing to move downward. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Opening Title: Children believe what we tell them. They have complete faith in us. They believe that a rose plucked from a garden can plunge a family into conflict. They believe that the hands of a human beast will smoke when he slays a victim, and that this will cause the beast shame when a young maiden takes up residence in his home. They believe a thousand other simple things. I ask of you a little of this childlike simplicity, and, to bring us luck, let me speak four truly magic words, childhood's "Open Sesame": "Once upon a time..." Jean Cocteau
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