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La Belle et la Bête (Blu-ray)


A stunning restoration of Cocteau's masterpiece.

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'One of the most spellbinding fairy tales in all cinema' --The Times

'Absolute magic, diamond cold and lunar bright' --The Observer

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.

 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. Henri Alekan’s subtle black and white cinematography combine with Christian Bérard’s masterly costumes and set designs to create a magical piece of cinema, a children’s fairy tale refashioned into a stylised and highly sophisticated dream.

 The BFI is proud to present this world cinema classic in High Definition for the first time in the UK. This new 4K restoration is sourced from the SNC/Groupe M6 and the Cinémathèque Français.


  • High Definition transfer from the 4K restoration of the film which was premiered at Cannes
  • Audio commentary with cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Dreams of Cocteau: The adventure of Beauty and the Beast (2013, 49 mins): documentary featuring interviews with author Dominique Marny, Prof. David Gullentops, Serge Toubiana, and Ellen Schafer
  • Deleted scene and alternate audio clips (7 mins)
  • Christian Bérard's and Jean Cocteau, two magicians (2013, 27 mins): documentary film focusing on the production history of La Belle et la Bête
  • Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film, and full film credits
  • Additional Information
    More Information
    SKU 5035673013083
    Catalogue Number BFIB1308
    Subtitle A film by Jean Cocteau
    Product contents Blu-ray
    Year 1946
    Director Jean Cocteau
    Format Blu-Ray
    Publisher(s) BFI
    Countries France
    Aspect ratio original aspect ratio 1.33:1
    Colour B/W
    Sound PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit)
    Subtitles English
    Language(s) French
    Running time 94 mins
    Blu-ray region B
    Certificate PG
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