|Fig. 1 La Belle et la Bête (1946)|
La Belle et la Bete is a landmark feat of cinematic fantasy in which master filmmaker Jean Cocteau conjures spectacular visions of enchantment, desire and death. Henri Aleken subtle black and white cinematography combines with Christain Berard's masterly costumes and set designs to create a magical piece of cinema a children fairytale refashioned into a stylist and highly sophisticated dream.
" The film unfolds to a perfectly poised slow tempo in surreal settings that gain intensity from the fabulous decor and the costumes, the glittering lighting and the many moments of magic effects. The candle- lit shadow- play deepens the gothic atmosphere of the beast's castle, harking back to early expressionist classics of the genre."
The dialogue in french is spare and simple with the story largely told in pantomime and the music of Georges Auric accompanies the dreamy, fitful moods. The settings are likewise expressive, many of the exteriors having been filmed for rare architectural vignettes at Raray, one of the most beautiful palaces and parks in all France. and the costumes too by Christain Beard and Escoffier are exteriors affairs, glittering and imaginative, lacking only the glow of colour.
Figure 1; La Belle et Bete (1946)
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