Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Date: February 5 at 8pm
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Description: The Cinefamily presents a screening of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 classic live-action film version of the famous fairy tale – one of the most beautiful (and occasionally creepy) fantasy films every made.

From the website:

Cocteau’s 1946 re-telling of one of France’s most popular fairy tales is a perfect encapsulation of a romantic daydream on film, with enough artistic flourishes to fill a dozen other screen fantasies, and it still retains its ability to inspire wonder and delight the viewers’ senses even after countless viewings. For the first 15 minutes or so, viewers may wonder what all the fuss is about, as Cocteau begins the film in a deliberately flat style, with static compositions flooded with sunlight. As with his Orpheus, however, once we pass through the figurative looking glass into the Beast’s palace, the film assumes a life of its own and unspools one remarkable sequence after another. The disembodied arms wielding candles, the Beast’s hands smoking after killing a deer, the transformation of Belle’s tears into diamonds, and Belle’s dreamlike floating through the palace hallways are all images impossible to forget; equally effective is the dreamy Georges Auric score, which wafts through this timeless gem like a silvery whisper. Dir. Jean Cocteau, 1946, 35mm, 93 min.

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