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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
April 26, 2014  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Jean Cocteau directed this 1946 version of the famous fairy tale – and his is the most beautiful, as well as the most adult, ever filmed. Josette Day plays Belle, the young woman who sacrifices herself to a beast of a man – or a man of a beast – in order to spare the life of her father. Jean Marais plays the Beast – and Cocteau’s photography is every bit as luminous and enchanting as the film’s leading lady.

 
 
 
 
 
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