#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Adélaïde, Belle, Félicie and Ludovic are young adult siblings who once lived in grandeur until their father’s merchant ships were lost at sea. The family is now near ruin, but Adélaïde and Félicie nonetheless still squander away the family money on themselves and keeping beautiful, whereas Belle slaves around the house, doting on her father. Ludovic detests his two spoiled sisters, but is protective of Belle, especially with his friend Avenant, a handsome scoundrel who wants to marry Belle. Crossing the forest one dark and stormy evening, the father gets lost and takes refuge in a fantastical castle. Upon leaving, he steals a blossom off a rose bush, which Belle requested. The castle’s resident, an angry beast, sentences him to one of two options for the theft of the rose: his own death, or that of one of his daughters. As she feels she is the cause of her father’s predicament (despite her sisters asking for far more lavish gifts), Belle sacrifices herself to the beast. Upon arriving at the castle, Belle finds that the beast, whose grotesqueness she cannot deny, does not want to kill her, but wants to marry her and lavish her with riches. He does not force her, but he will ask her every night to marry him, these times the only ones when he will appear to her. She vows never to say yes. As Belle resigns herself to her mortal fate and looks deeper into the beast – whose grotesque exterior masks a kind but tortured soul – will her thoughts change? Meanwhile, Belle’s family, who learn of her situation, have their own thoughts of what to do, some working toward what they believe is Belle’s best welfare, and others working toward their own benefit.
Plot: The story of a gentle-hearted beast in love with a simple and beautiful girl. She is drawn to the repellent but strangely fascinating Beast, who tests her fidelity by giving her a key, telling her that if she doesn’t return it to him by a specific time, he will die of grief. She is unable to return the key on time, but it is revealed that the Beast is the genuinely handsome one. A simple tale of tragic love that turns into a surreal vision of death, desire, and beauty.
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Once upon our time…
This film immediately captured my attention with the written comments at the beginning of the film. Director Jean Cocteau begins this story by explaining why he wanted to make this film. He talks about the passion behind the picture and all the social unrest at the time. He ends this written dialogue with a comment that will forever remain in my mind. He says, “…and now, we begin our story with a phrase that is like a time machine for children: Once Upon a Time…” This just sent chills down my spine. Why? Because, although he is addressing children, I feel that it is really a phrase meant for all of us. It is used to bring the child out in all of us, to show us that we do not need to be 4 or 5 to fully understand the themes of this film … we are meant to just sit back and let the film take us to another mythological time.
The amazing set design also impressed me about this film. Again, without the modern conveniences of today’s cinema, Cocteau had to improvise. This was hard for him to do. Not only were there huge budgetary issues (since it was the end of WWII and France was about to be demolished), but also he was racing against an impending war. Fear was deep in the hearts of the French after WWII, and what a better way to rally your people then with a story about love found in the darkest of places.
This film also made me very sad. I am sometimes disgusted with the way that Disney … for lack of a better word … Disney-fies their fairy tales. I think after watching this masterpiece I will have trouble ever being able to go back to the computer generated “Song as Old as Time” version that Disney plastered their trademark to. Never have I been so impressed with black and white cinematography as I have been with this film. The actress that plays Belle, Josette Day, steals the camera every time it is on her. She looks so radiant with the black and white that to see a colorized version of this film would completely do it injustice. The power and emotion that comes between Belle and the Beast feels so true. Cocteau has somehow grabbed the true feeling of two people that are complete opposites that seem to find true love in the coldest of places. I would be one of those reviewers that believes that if this film were released today, it would still pull the audiences in as it did the first time. Only proving that it was made well before it’s time, it shows so many of the characteristics of the modern day movie. Even the special effects seem perfect for this film. Even with budget being sub-par, we are able to get a true feeling that this Beast is one of the magical kind.
Oh, this film was superb. I would have to say that it is the best adaptation of a fairy tale that I have seen today. Definitely my best 40s film (made in 1946), and possibly the best telling of Beauty and the Beast EVER!!
Grade: ***** out of *****
From the fairy tale to Cocteau.
In France ,the fairy tale “La Belle et la Bête ” is a classic by Madame Leprince de Beaumont.Try to read it if you haven’t because you will realize that although Cocteau adapted the story,he took it to new limits ,he dramatically expanded the scope,and most of all,he wiped out an obsolete grating moral.
Mrs De Beaumont’s fairy tale insists on virtue ,her story takes virtue over beauty,wit or anything life can bring.The two bad gals are strictly punished at the end of the story:they become statues at the gate of their sister’s palace but -supreme humiliation-,they will keep their mind beneath the stone which covers them ,and thus be able to watch their sister’s happiness.
While keeping the two sisters’ characters,Cocteau leaves the “moral ” angle far behind magic,symbolism,surrealism and psychoanalysis.Jean Marais plays three parts:Avenant,la Belle’s suitor ,the Beast (four hours of make-up and terrible sufferings during the shooting:Jean Marais was one of the greatest actors France ever had -proof positive was that the new wave (with the exception of jacques Demy) clique never used him-,and the prince.These three entities that finally make one predates Bruno Bettelheim by thirty years:this is not only because Belle does not want to leave her father that she does not want to marry Avenant:she’s afraid of the man,he’s the real beast.This triple part is Cocteau’s genius.Cocteau dropped out the good fairy who appears in a Belle’s dream and then at the end of Leprince de Beaumont’s story when she punishes the “vilainesses “and rewards the “good ones” Instead ,we have these sublime lines:
-You resemble someone I knew…
-Does it worry you?
-Yes ….(then a beaming face) No!!!
Two words coexist -like in the literary work-:the mundane bourgeois house of the merchant;the Bête’s mansion,where everything is possible,where Cocteau uses special effect to create pure poetry,extraordinary enchantment .The two characters seem to act as if they are in a ballet. The passage between the two is first the mysterious forest.Then the Beast reveals his secrets five magic clues:the rose,the golden key,the glove,the ring and the mirror -some of them were in the story- and a horse “le magnifique” as the two worlds intertwines towards the end:Belle’s room in her father ‘s room,in her room in the palace,Avenant coming to her rescue while the Beast is dying,the two characters soon to become one.
This is the best adaptation of a fairy tale for the screen.By writing the cast and credits on a blackboard,Cocteau winks at childhood -for a child he writes everything’s possible -besides,it’s because the prince did not believe in the fairies -all that is hidden for our poor rational spirit- that he was sentenced to his bestial life.Bruno Bettelheim thought children intuitively actually understood what lied beneath the fairy tales.They do not cry when the wolf eats the first two little pigs because thy do know that there is only one pig ,at three stages of its development.They won’t cry when Avenant will be hit by Goddess Diana’s arrow because they do understand in their subconscious that all in all,Avenant and the Beast are the same entity:beautiful prince,horrible
beast or simple young man share the same mystery.
Michel Tournier said that when his writing was at the height of its powers,he could appeal to children as well.Cocteau did the same for the seventh art.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min), 1 hr 33 min (93 min) (USA), 1 hr 30 min (90 min) (Germany)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Director Jean Cocteau, René Clément
Writer Jean Cocteau, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Actors Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company Light Quest Films
Sound Mix Mono, Dolby Digital (1995 opera version)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory G.M. Film
Film Length 2,544 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm