Beauty and the Beast

This is definitely not the Disney version. While it remains faithful to the plot of the classic fairy tale by Leprince de Beaumont, Jean Cocteau's 1946 French romantic fantasy is the product of a sophisticated, mature sensibility in its tones and textures and, above all, in its surprising emotional power. With sparkling black-and-white imagery that, for once, is actually dreamlike rather than cute or kitschy, and with a Beast (Jean Marais) who is almost as glamorous with his silky blonde facial hair as he is clean shaven, the movie casts a seductive spell. It might actually be a little too rich and unsettling for kids. Even the costumes and the draperies are entrancingly ornate. Viewers intoxicated by this enveloping vision should consider moving on to Cocteau's even more aggressively other-worldly 1949 masterpiece Orpheus, in which Marais plays the doomed poet of ancient Greek legend, updated to a Parisian "punk" milieu of motorcycles and black leather. --David Chute

Production: Buena Vista
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 25 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Metacritic:
95
Rotten Tomatoes:
94%
G (General Audience)
Year:
1991
84
$47,611,331
Website
2,603 Views

Belle:
Hello? Is someone here? Wait! I’m looking for my father. I... That’s funny. I’m sure there was someone. I-Is anyone here?

Maurice:
Belle!

Belle:
Papa! [Grabs a torch from off the wall]

Maurice:
H-How did you find me?

Belle:
Oh, your hands are like ice. We've got get you out of here.

Maurice:
Belle, I want you to leave this place!

Belle:
Who's done this to you?

Maurice:
No time to explain. You must go. Now!

Belle:
I won’t leave you!

Beast:
[grabs Belle] What are you doing here?!

Maurice:
Run, Belle! [torch goes out]

Belle:
[meeting the Beast for the first time] Who's there? Who are you?!

Beast:
The master of this castle. [growls]

Belle:
I've come for my father. Please let him out. Can't you see he's sick?

Beast:
Then he shouldn't have trespassed here!

Belle:
But he could die. Please, I'll do anything.

Beast:
There's nothing you can do. He's my prisoner.

Belle:
There must be some way I can... wait! [The Beast stops and turns around] Take me instead.

Beast:
[scoffs] You? [considers] You would... Take his place?

Maurice:
Belle, no! You don't know what you're doing!

Belle:
If I did, would you let him go?

Beast:
Yes. But... you must promise to stay here forever.

Belle:
Come into the light.

[The Beast steps into the light, revealing himself to Belle. Belle gasps in shock from his appearance, and turns away.]

Maurice:
No, Belle! I won't let you do this!

Belle:
[slowly] You have my word.

Beast:
[quickly] Done!

Maurice:
No, Belle, listen to me! I’m old! I've lived my life!

Belle:
Wait!

Maurice:
Belle!

Belle:
Wait!

[Cut to the Beast opening the castle door and dragging Maurice out.]

Maurice:
No, please spare my daughter. Please!

Beast:
She’s no longer your concern.

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