La Belle et la Bête, Directed and Written by Jean Cocteau is the French spin on the soon to be Disney Animated movie Beauty and the Beast, but takes a slightly different path in story wise.
Belle (Josette Day) along with her 3 other siblings Adlaide (Nane Germon), Felicie (Mila Parely), and Ludovic (Michel Auclair), are the children of a Merchant man (Marcel Andre) who came under some good news on a big shipment that would help with their financial problems only to later find out that it had been shipwrecked in a storm while traveling home from hearing this news the Merchant travels through the forest only to come across a mysterious, ominous looking castle to which he blindly goes in to after giving up his horse to some mystical force. After spending some time alone in the castle, the Merchant reemerges from the main doors to discover a Rose bush to which laid a Rose, one of the three items he was to return with to give to his Daughters, this being for Belle, only to immediately encounter La Bete, The Beast (Jean Marais) who gives him an ultimatum, either give his life to the beast or give the life of one of his Daughters.
Later, he tells his story to his children and to Avenant (Jean Marais) and refuses to give the life of his Daughters and insists on going himself, while Belle has other ideas and burdens her fathers fate on to her shoulders and goes to face the Beast only for a love story to unfold between the two.
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Quote 1A sublime, sumptuous film directed by Jean Cocteau with the help of Rene Clement.
Quote 2Cocteau's fairytale set standards in fantasy which few other film-makers have reached.
Quote 3So enchanting it takes your breath away, Jean Cocteau's 1946 live-action version of the famous fairy tale remains one of the most magical films ever made.
Quote 4With interiors that owe much to the paintings of Doré and Vermeer, this visual feast is enhanced by the magical realism of Henri Alekan's photography, Christian Bérard's exquisite costumes and Georges Auric's audacious score.
With the remade version of this movie that came out in 2014, it may hold up in VFX wise, but it probably won't hold up to the classic of the fiarytail that this movie has shown.