Movie Magic

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. Boasting a new print, struck from the restored French negative, and an improved, albeit not perfect, soundtrack, this glorious black-and-white film--in French with English subtitles--takes us into a world as haunting as it is fantastic. The exquisite costumes and sets were by Christian BĂ©rard, Georges Auric contributed the score and cinematographer Henri Alekan was the wizard on camera. His use of trick photography and hand-crafted special effects puts all of today's digitally generated, effects-laden movies to shame. With Josette Day as Beauty and Jean Marais as the magnificent beast, this film should not be missed.

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