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Beauty and the Beast

Jean Cocteau

 
Beauty and the Beast (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1946
  • 93 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #6

Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.

Cast

Avenant/Beast/Prince ArdentJean Marais
BelleJosette Day
FélicieMila Parély
AdélaïdeNane Germon
LudovicMichel Auclair
MoneylenderRaoul Marco
The merchant (Belle’s father)Marcel André

Credits

DirectorJean Cocteau
Written and directed byJean Cocteau
CinematographyHenri Alekan
Based on the short story byJeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
MusicGeorges Auric
EditingClaude Ibéria
"Illustrated" by Christian Bérard
Technical consultantRené Clément
Art directorRené Moulaërt and Lucien Carré
Costume designMarcel Escoffier
From the house ofPaquin
MakeupHagop Arakelian
SoundJacques Lébreton and Jacques Carrère
A production ofAndré Paulvé

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, high-definition digital transfer from restored film elements, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Philip Glass’s opera La Belle et la Bête, as an alternate soundtrack, presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two commentaries: one by film historian Arthur Knight and one by writer and cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Screening at the Majestic, a 1995 documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Interview with cinematographer Henri Alekan
  • Rare behind-the-scenes photos and publicity stills
  • Film restoration demonstration
  • Original trailer, directed and narrated by Jean Cocteau, and the 1995 restoration trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien, a 1947 piece on the film by Cocteau (Blu-ray only), excerpts from Francis Steegmuller’s 1970 Cocteau: A Biography (Blu-ray only), and an introduction to Glass’s opera by the composer (Blu-ray only)

    New DVD cover by William Logan, new Blu-ray cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

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Beauty and the Beast: Dark Magic

By Geoffrey O’Brien July 18, 2011

Enter Jean Cocteau’s bewitching dream world—all the more enticing for the harsh reality the director creates around it. Read more »


Film Essays

On the Making of Beauty and the Beast

By Francis Steegmuller June 03, 1991

An excerpt from Cocteau: A Biography (1970) by Francis Steegmuller Beauty and the Beast, the first film of Cocteau’s own since The Blood of a Poet, and his finest poem since then, is by general . . . Read more »

Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Cocteau Casts a Spell in Kentucky

June 29, 2017

Jean Cocteau’s gorgeous, wildly inventive adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy tale Beauty and the Beast screens next Wednesday at Lexington’s Kentucky Theatre. Read more »


Video

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On the Channel: Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais’s Creative Marriage

April 13, 2017

Reflecting on Jean Marais’s performance as the hero in Orpheus, Jean Cocteau once said that the actor “illuminates the film for me with his soul.” At the heart of the visionary auteur’s . . . Read more »


Video

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On the Channel: Happily Ever After?

January 09, 2017

The glittering surfaces of classic fairy tales often mask undercurrents of emotional torment, spiritual foreboding, and moral transgression. This week, our latest series on the Criterion . . . Read more »


Announcements

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Essential Art House On Sale

November 30, 2016

Catch up on the classics! Select Essential Art House DVD releases are on sale starting at $9. Makes a great stocking stuffer! Read more »


Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries

Monsters!

February 08, 2012


Film Essays

Spotlight_36_185_thumbnail

Beauty and the Beast: Dark Magic

By Geoffrey O’Brien July 18, 2011

Enter Jean Cocteau’s bewitching dream world—all the more enticing for the harsh reality the director creates around it. Read more »


Once Upon a Time—French Poet Explains His Filming of Fairy Tale

By Jean Cocteau February 10, 2003

The poet Paul Eluard says that to understand my film version of Beauty and the Beast, you must love your dog more than your car. Ordinarily, I would settle for that. However, with so much being . . . Read more »


Film Essays

On the Making of Beauty and the Beast

By Francis Steegmuller June 03, 1991

An excerpt from Cocteau: A Biography (1970) by Francis Steegmuller Beauty and the Beast, the first film of Cocteau’s own since The Blood of a Poet, and his finest poem since then, is by general . . . Read more »

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