Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Marie 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 have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.

Legendary New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael says, “Perhaps the most sensuously elegant of all filmed fairy tales. As a child escapes from everyday family life to the magic of a storybook, so, in the film, Beauty’s farm, with its Vermeer simplicity, fades in intensity as we are caught up in the Gustave Dore extravagance of the Beast’s enchanted landscape. Jean Marais is a magnificent beast.”


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Director
Jean Cocteau
Released
1946
Language
French with English subtitles
Country
France
Running Time
93 minutes
Format
DCP, B/W