Monday, April 20, 2009

Jean Cocteau's La belle et la bête

You've undoubtedly seen Disney's Beauty and The Beast, but have you seen Cocteau's La belle et la bête? In comparison, Disney's is far subordinate. Its pastels seem cadaverous to Cocteau's black and white excellence. Though it is a matter of preference. Surrealistic opulent madness, or catered regularity. The raw revelry dispels any fear of the immediate strangeness of the film. Just look at the costumes.

Produced in 1946 by poet, surrealist, novelist, dramatist, boxing manager, playwright, and filmmaker: Jean Cocteau.