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La Belle et la Bete (DVD) La Belle et la Bete (DVD)

Jean Cocteau's landmark feat of cinematic fantasy, conjuring spectacular visions of enchantment, desire and death that have never been equalled.

Jean Cocteau's landmark feat of cinematic fantasy, conjuring spectacular visions of enchantment, desire and death that have never been equalled.

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La Belle et la Bête is a landmark feat of cinematic fantasy in which master filmmaker Jean Cocteau conjures spectacular visions of enchantment, desire and death that have never been equalled. The BFI proudly presents the original film version of this fairytale masterpiece, in a digitally restored edition.

Josette Day is luminous yet feisty as Beauty, and Jean Marais gives one of his best performances as the Beast, at once brutal and gentle, rapacious and vulnerable, shamed and repelled by his own bloodlust. Cinematography, lighting, costume and set designs combine to make La Belle et la Bete a thrilling piece of cinema.

"One of the most spellbinding fairy tales in all cinema." The Times

"...sets standards in fantasy which few other filmmakers have reached... the sequences in the enchanted castle are pure magic." Time Out

La Belle et la Bête is a landmark feat of cinematic fantasy in which master filmmaker Jean Cocteau conjures spectacular visions of enchantment, desire and death that have never been equalled. The BFI proudly presents the original film version of this fairytale masterpiece, in a digitally restored edition.

Josette Day is luminous yet feisty as Beauty, and Jean Marais gives one of his best performances as the Beast, at once brutal and gentle, rapacious and vulnerable, shamed and repelled by his own bloodlust. Cinematography, lighting, costume and set designs combine to make La Belle et la Bete a thrilling piece of cinema.

"One of the most spellbinding fairy tales in all cinema." The Times

"...sets standards in fantasy which few other filmmakers have reached... the sequences in the enchanted castle are pure magic." Time Out

Extras

  • Full feature commentary by cultural historian Christopher Frayling
  • Fully illustrated booklet containing posters, stills, artwork and an essay by Marina Warner.
  • Digitally restored and remastered / newly created optional English subtitles

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Additional Info

SKU 5035673007716
Catalogue Number BFIVD771
Subtitle A film by Jean Cocteau
Product contents
  • Full feature commentary by cultural historian Christopher Frayling. 
  • Fully illustrated booklet containing posters, stills, artwork and an essay by Marina Warner. 
  • Digitally restored and remastered / newly created optio
Year 1946
Director Cocteau, Jean
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries France
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Black/white
Sound Sound
Subtitles English (optional)
Language(s) French
Running time 90
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate PG

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