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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

11:00 AM

Sunday, February 14

Directed by Jean Cocteau

Not the Disney version! In French with English subtitles

(1946) Cocteau's treatment of the folktale of the village beauty who gives herself up to a fearsome beast as sacrifice for her father's taboo transgression has long been a classic in its own right, using live action and wonderful special effects to achieve a "realism of the unreal." Set in the 17th century of the folk tale's first telling, the magnificent sets and costumes evoke both Vermeer and Doré, while the subtle fast and slow motion camera effects reinforce a truly magical atmosphere. 35mm. Approx. 95 mins. Recommended for children 7 and up.

Reviews

“SUMPTUOUS AND SUBLIME!”
– Dave Kehr

“ONE OF THE MOST MAGICAL OF ALL FILMS!”
– Roger Ebert

“ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL CINEMATIC FAIRY TALES!”
– Chicago Tribune   

“PURE JOY!”
– Time Out (London)

“A self-conscious but never precious attempt to revisit childhood fantasies and half-remembered dreams.”
– Tom Huddleston, Time Out