Beauty and the Beast
DIRECTOR: JEAN COCTEAU
Cocteau, working with art director Christian Bérard, created a Romantic, enchanted vision of 17th century France for his luxuriant film fairytale, which begins with village maiden Josette Day paying call on the haunted castle of the fabled Beast—the hunky Jean Marais, disappeared beneath a still-unsurpassed make-up job. A movie that through the simplest of effects—slow-motion, the appearance of Day floating through the corridors of the Beast’s castle—casts a spell that holds for the whole of its runtime.
Screens as a part of Playtime: Family Matinees.