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76 Ratings

Beauty and the Devil

La beauté du diable

Directed by René Clair
France, 1950
Fantasy, Romance, Drama


The Faust story retold, with an aged alchemist accepting the gift of renewed youth from the devilish Mephistopheles.

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Beauty and the Devil Directed by René Clair

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1952 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

BAFTA Awards

1951 | Nominee: Best Film from any Source

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1950 | 3 wins including: Best Production Design

Critics reviews

As in “Paradise Lost,” the devil gets the best lines; “La Beauté du Diable” is essentially Simon’s show. (There’s a priceless moment when he cracks up at the sight of a costumed horned Satan prancing around as part of a court pageant.) Even when the movie turns didactic, Simon keeps it high-spirited.
August 01, 2013
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Once considered among the masters of French film, René Clair took it in the knees from the original Cahiers du Cinema crowd, and his reputation plummeted into a critical darkness. Truffaut & Co. tsk-tsked at exactly what makes this forgotten 1950 fantasy fascinating: Clair’s lavish studio-bound artifice (using the cavernous Cinecittà spaces in this Italian coproduction), narrative hyperconstruction and quintessentially French effervescence.
July 30, 2013
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