Sunday, 24 February 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 63: Mon Mar 4

La Belle et la Bete (Cocteau, 1946): Phoenix Cinema, 7pm

Friend and patron of the Phoenix, Mark Kermode introduces a special performance to raise money for the Tavistock Clinic Foundation. Organised in association with the A Nos Amours film club, the event will feature a rare screening of Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la BĂȘte (PG) in 35mm followed by a Q&A with cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling and psychotherapist Margaret Rustin. The evening will conclude with an auction of very rare and highly prized scene stills donated by the Kobal Collection (stills made by G.R. Aldo, cinematographer of Senso, Terra Trema and Umberto D.)

Chicago reader review:
A sublime, sumptuous film directed by Jean Cocteau with the help of Rene Clement (1946). Cocteau re-creates the classic story of the beauty who gives herself to the beast to save her father, and whose growing love eventually transforms him into a handsome prince, with a brilliant blend of decor (sets by Christian Berard), human forms (superb makeup by Arakelian), and visual effects (dreamlike photography by Henri Alekan).

Dan Druker

Here is the trailer.

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