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by Jean Cocteau, René Clément


Adélaïde, Belle, Félicie and Ludovic are young adult siblings who once lived in grandeur until their father's merchant ships were lost at sea. The family is now near ruin, but Adélaïde and Félicie nonetheless still squander away the family money on themselves and keeping beautiful, whereas Belle slaves around the house, doting on her father. Ludovic detests his two spoiled sisters, but is protective of Belle, especially with his friend Avenant, a handsome scoundrel who wants to marry Belle. Crossing the forest one dark and stormy evening, the father gets lost and takes refuge in a fantastical castle. Upon leaving, he steals a blossom off a rose bush, which Belle requested. The castle's resident, an angry beast, sentences him to one of two options for the theft of the rose: his own death, or that of one of his daughters. As she feels she is the cause of her father's predicament (despite her sisters asking for far more lavish gifts), Belle sacrifices herself to the beast. Upon arriving ...

international title: Beauty and the Beast
original title: La belle et la bête
country: France
year: 1946
genre: fiction
directed by: Jean Cocteau, René Clément
film run: 96'
screenplay: Jean Cocteau
cast: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély
cinematography by: Henri Alekan
film editing: Claude Ibéria
art director: Christian Bérard, Lucien Carré
costumes designer: Antonio Castillo, Marcel Escoffier
executive producer: André Paulvé
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