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La Belle et la Bête
 
 
Directed by Jean Cocteau, France 1946
95 mins. French dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 

Upon the film's December 1947 New York City release, critic Bosley Crowther called the film a "priceless fabric of subtle images ... a fabric of gorgeous visual metaphors, of undulating movements and rhythmic pace, of hypnotic sounds and music, of casually congealing ideas."  Cocteau's fairy tale set standards in fantasy which few other film makers have reached.  The sequences set in the enchanted castle - complete with living statuary and dignified by a Beast at once ferocious, erotic and genuinely tragic - are pure magic.

 
What the Critics say:
 
"Perhaps the most sumptuously elegant of all filmed fairy tales."  (New Yorker)

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