Fairy tales are often surreal in many ways, and almost any filming of a fairy tale tends to be surreal, and Cocteau’s film is no exception. But it is exceptionally poetic and somehow glamorous, very elegant and aesthetic experience. While watching this I was enthusiastic like a child hearing the story for the first time, albeit in my case I was mesmerised by all those visual elements so impressive and beautiful.
An exceedingly dazzling accomplishment which takes the beauty and the beast myth into unprecedented heoghts of aesthetic perfection. Cocteau follows the redoublings of the beauty/beast dialectic that, its countless psychoanalytic significations aside, gives rise to some indelible imagery of bestiality's needy dimension (as in the stunning scene in the pond) amalgamating it to a human index of moral/immoral dualities.
Maybe the greatest of all cinematic fairy tales. The opening scroll, which encourages the audience to have a childlike sense of wonder while watching, is beautiful and one of my favorite things Cocteau decided to include in this film, but it's almost unnecessary - only because the film is so engaging and awe-inspiring anyway.
much things have been said here...I won't add anything, finally the power of magic triumphs at the very end, moral of the story. A demonstration of poetical dreaminess in cinema, the film slightly aged compared to a few others in the genre but still an important work of art, espeically for the period it was directed.
Cocteau builds up these worlds in the threshold... the indefinite spaces between life & death (Orpheus); the liminal spaces where disbelief is suspended; the enchanted, magical spaces, reachable only by flights of fancy... Rare & ephemeral & delicate worlds that make us hold our breath, to not disturb them. That's our contribution: Wide eyes & light heads! A fair trade for that sort of wonder... A true delight. 3.75
I love Beauty and the Beast (1991) and having never seen this version I was curious to see how it compared to the animated classic! I loved the gothic imagery and design of the castle. This is a beautiful looking film and I was really impressed by the cinematography. I also love the look and design of the Beast! However for some reason I just couldn't get into this movie. Maybe I need to give this film another chance
Shout out to Dr. Sidle, my 7th grade social studies and world cinema teacher who first exposed me to French cinema. It had very little affect on me at the time, but I was surprised by how much of it I remembered. When people call movies magic, this is what they mean.