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Director: Jean Cocteau     Starring: Jean Marais Josette Day
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40215540
UPC: 037429172322
UPC 14: 00037429172322
Category Keywords: Classic  Fantasy  Recommended  Romance  Theatrical Release
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Once upon a time, in a world of magic and wonder, the true love of a beautiful girl may finally dispel the torment of a feral but gentle-hearted beast.
Editor's Note
Visionary filmmaker and poet Jean Cocteau responded to the terrors and creative constraints of occupied France with this elaborately realized take on the classic fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Suggested by his longtime collaborator and muse, French actor Jean Marais, the cinematic version of the fable first penned by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont became Cocteau's most celebrated film. Cocteau renders the story of a gentlehearted beast in love with a simple and beautiful girl in the style of the luminous paintings of Dutch master Vermeer. From the quaint and humorous scenes of Beauty's happy home to the ominous surreal spectacle of the Beast's enchanted estate, Cocteau transforms the simple tale of tragic love into a surreal vision of death, desire, and beauty. Marais is chilling as the lonely and tormented beast, projecting a wounded love for the glacial yet endearing Beauty (Josette Day), whose simple request for a rose from her father brings tragedy crashing down on her whole family. Cocteau expands upon the cinematic inventiveness first seen in his masterpiece BLOOD OF A POET with mirrors made of water, living statues, and candelabras fashioned from living arms, transforming a children's fable into a complex and radiant cinematic classic.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio, Black & White, English, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Home Vision/Public Media
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/11/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 130
Video UPC UPC: 00037429172322
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: French
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: French
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Mila Parely
Video Cast Info Michel Auclair
Video Cast Info Jean Marais
Video Cast Info Marcel Andre
Video Cast Info Nane Germon
Video Cast Info Josette Day
Video Cast Info André Paulvé - Producer
Video Cast Info Henri Alekan - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont - Story
Video Cast Info Jean Cocteau - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jean Cocteau - Director
Plot Summary
One of the great classics of cinema, Jean Cocteau's marvelous twist on the timeless fairy tale plunges the viewer into a stunningly dreamlike world.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...One of the most sophisticated and visually elegant films of all time....A haunting, original treasure..." -- Critic's Choice 04/17/1992 p.C8

Los Angeles Times
"...One of the most romantic films ever made. It is a movie touched by genius..." 02/25/1992 p.F1

Entertainment Weekly
"...A work that stands as one of French cinema's most influential films..." 02/14/2003 p.58

Hollywood Reporter
"...There's an undeniable thrill in having BEAST unspool as Glass' hypnotic music swirls around the room..." 03/04/2003 p.22-62

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Cocteau,Jean
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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