A special free 35mm screening of the French fantasy classic, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passing of poet, painter and filmmaker Jean Cocteau.
“So 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.” – Jean Oppenheimer, Dallas Observer
Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairytale 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. Set in a ravishingly dreamlike evocation of 17th-century France, the spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder. Cocteau's transcendent treatment of the folktale strives, through use of poetic imagery and a minimum of (still astonishing) special effects, to achieve what the filmmaker called a "realism of the unreal.” (Dir. by Jean Cocteau, 1946, France, in French with subtitles, 93 mins., Not Rated) 35mm
Support for this film provided by Alliance Française of Tucson