Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Must See French Film -La Belle et la Bête

No not the Disney version (although I do like that one too). This is the 1946 french version that I had first seen while going to Art école back in the 70's. A great piece of cinema, that is studied by film classes all over the world. The film is notable for its surreal quality and its ability to use existing movie technology to effectively evoke a feeling of magie and enchantment. The set designs and cinematography were intended to evoke the illustrations and engravings of Gustave Doré and, in the farmhouse scenes, the paintings of Jan Vermeer

Based on a French fairy tale that was first published in 1740.

Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont's fairy tale. Directed by French poet/filmmaker Jean Cocteau, the film stars Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais as both Avenant and The Beast. The plot revolves around Belle's père who is sentenced to death for picking a rose from Beast's garden. Belle offers to go back to the Beast in her father's place. Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage on a nightly basis which she refuses. Belle eventually becomes more drawn to Beast, who tests her by letting her return home to her family telling her that if she doesn't return to him within a week, he will die of grief.

père (pehr) -father     magie (mah zhee) -magic      école (ay kohl) -school

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