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La belle et la bête

Author: Jean CocteauAndré PaulvéJean MaraisJosette DayMila ParélyAll authors
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2011]
Series: Criterion collection, 6.
Edition/Format:   Bluray Video : Videodisc : Blu-ray disc   Visual material : French : Blu-ray special edView all editions and formats
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The sublime adaptation by Jean Cocteau of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's fairy-tale masterpiece, in which the true love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral, but gentle beast, is a landmark feat of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.
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Genre/Form: Filmed operas
Feature films
Foreign language films
Motion pictures
Drama
Fantasy films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Named Person: Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont; Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Cocteau; André Paulvé; Jean Marais; Josette Day; Mila Parély; Nane Germon; Michel Auclair; Raoul Marco; Marcel André; Henri Alekan; Claude Ibéria; Georges Auric; Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont; Philip Glass; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604654295 1604654295
OCLC Number: 738499484
Language Note: French dialogue with optional English subtitles. Cocteau film in French with English subtitles; Glass opera track also in French with English subtitles.
Notes: Based on the fairy talel by Madame Leprince de Beaumont.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1946.
Special features: Philip Glass's opera as an alternate soundtrack; two commentaries: one by film historian Arthur Knight and one by writer and cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling; Screening at the Majestic, a 1995 documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; interview with cinematgrapher Henri Alekan; rare behind-the-scenes photos and publicity stills; film restoration demonstration; original trailer, directed and narrated by Jean Cocteau, and the 1995 restoration trailer; a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey O'Brien, a 1947 piece on the film by Cocteau, excerpts from Francis Steegmuller's 1970 Cocteau: a biography, and an introduction to Glass's opera by the composer.
Credits: Director of photography, Henri Alekan ; editor, Claude Ibéria ; music, Georges Auric.
Philip Glass opera: performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble, conducted by Michael Riesman; keyboards, Philip Glass.
Cast: Cast of Cocteau film: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Raoul Marco, Marcel André.
Cast of Glass opera: Janice Felty, Gregory Purnhagen, John Kuether, Ana Maria Martinez, Hailie Neill, Zheng Shou.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
Details: Blu-ray, region A; widescreen (1.33:1 aspect ratio); uncompressed mono., dts-HD master audio.; Requires Blu-ray player.
Series Title: Criterion collection, 6.
Other Titles: Belle et la bête (Motion picture)
Beauty and the beast
Responsibility: André Paulvé présente ; un film de Jean Cocteau ; histoire, paroles et mise en scène de Jean Cocteau ; une production André Paulvé.

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The sublime adaptation by Jean Cocteau of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's fairy-tale masterpiece, in which the true love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral, but gentle beast, is a landmark feat of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.

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