Beauty and the Beast
Directed by Jean Cocteau. France. 1946. NR. 93 minutes. Janus. Digital.
Sun., March 20, 2016
This is not the cute 1991 Disney animated version of this classic fairy tale. Rather, it is the original “hauntingly beautiful, visually dazzling masterpiece” (Leonard Maltin) by French poet/filmmaker Jean Cocteau. It is a unique, often surreal, experience, retelling the familiar story in ways that leave you spellbound by the manner in which a sense of mystery, dread, and beauty combine in telling a lovely tale of the transformational qualities of love and trust. If you have never seen this genuine masterpiece of filmmaking, or have never seen it on the big screen, be prepared for an exhilarating, moving experience that will leave you with images that will haunt you long after seeing it. (Bill Roth)