Film Review: La Bell et la Bete 1946
|Fig 1 La Bell et la Bete poster|
La Bell et la Bete (1946) also known as Beauty and the Beast, is a classic tale that we all know thanks to Disney. But this is a little different to the tale we know.
Jean Cocteau's version of the story still creates and holds the magic of this story that we all know and is still able to give it that little twist.
|Fig. 2. Beast and Bell|
|Fig. 3. Bell|
|Fig 4. Beast and Bell at dinner|
Cocteau's set design for this film is also very aspiring but simplistic at the same time. He only has certain areas of hallways or certain rooms decorated what we first think is very elaborate furnishing, but once looking closer, they are actually human arms holding the objects. An example of this is in the entrance hallway, the arms are holding onto candle sticks and move as the character walks through. This type of set design is also going back to the point that it is all very surreal and dream like. If we also look at the production art for this film its once again very simple but they manage to capture this simplicity in the film.
Figure 1: La Bell et la Bete Poster (1946) [Poster] At: http://manapop.com/musing/la-belle-et-la-bete-vs-disneys-beauty-and-the-beast/ (Accessed on 28.10.15)
Figure 2: Beast and Bell (1946) [film still] At: http://www.theartsdesk.com/film/jean-cocteau-poet-can-never-die (Accessed on 14.11.15)
Figure 3: Bell (1946) [film still] At: https://elysesnow.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/most-romantic-film-24-la-belle-et-la-bete-1946/ (Accessed on 14.11.15)
Figure 4: Beast and bell at dinner (1946) [film still] At:http://www.gwarlingo.com/2012/jean-cocteau-beauty-and-the-beast/v (Accessed 17.11.15)
Classic Art (2015) Beauty and the Beast 1946 At: http://www.classicartfilms.com/beauty-and-the-beast-1946 (Accessed on 03.11.15)
Ebert, R (1999) Beauty and the Beast At: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-beauty-and-the-beast-1946 (Accessed on the 3.11.15)