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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

1978 / 84min / DCP

DIRECTOR: JURAJ HERZ

CAST: ZDENA STUDENKOVá, VLASTIMIL HARAPES, VáCLAV VOSKA , JANA BREJCHOVá

A tale you’ll know well—innocent girl presents herself as sacrifice to a cursed, freakish beast living in isolation, and learns to live with and love her captor—but turned into something very, very different in Herz’s morbid imagining. Reworking well-known source material into this dark, grimly atmospheric fable, Herz defamiliarizes it, imagining a beaked bird/snake/mammal hybrid Beast unlike any seen on screen before, and overlaying the proceedings with a heavy air of impending doom, the sense of real danger that’s missing from better-known versions, the possibility of violence looming constantly close at hand.

Screening as a part of: Juraj Herz: In & Out Of The Czechoslovak New Wave