|Fig 1: La Belle et La Bete poster|
The film 'La Belle et La Bete' or 'The Beauty and The Beast' is a black and white French romance written and directed by Jean Cocteau. The film has two very different personalities, the traditional French idealism and the odd, anthropomorphic stylisation. These two contrasting ideas seamlessly fuse together at a single place within the film, the Beast's castle and produce a very strange but oddly intimate and believable concept that has enchanted audiences and inspired further adaptations since then.
"This film is such a visual delight that I gave up worrying about ideological considerations and just embraced its beautiful and influential dreamlike imagery." ( Caldwell 2011 ) The realistic constructs within the Beast's castle are few and far between, with arms as candle holders, stonework with moving eyes and doors that open on command making up the majority of features. The appearance of these objects differ's however to Caldwell's description of Cocteau's fantasy elements as "dreamlike" because of their anthropomorphic designs, which adopt a freakish theme in this fantasy environment. The Beast's castle, as mentioned before, is a convergence point within the film of classical French architecture and the fantasy world of myth and legend. "...weird, enchanted domicile of the Beast." ( Malcolm 1999 ) The Beast's domain is something of high fantasy, a relentless bombardment of the fictional elements in an enclosed and hidden space within the forest, Its this enchanted domain that contains many odd and weird constructs that have excited and entranced audiences, with them even influencing adaptations.
|Fig 2: Belle's father inside the Beast's castle.|
|Fig 3: The Beast's appearance exchanged with Belle's Fiancée|
Fig 1: La Belle et La Bete poster At: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_TRju1TnYfxU/TKcFuXRD3DI/AAAAAAAAAE0/3y-FsZWpu2k/s1600/la+belle+et+la+bete+film+poster.jpeg
Fig 2: Belle's father inside the Beast's castle At: http://derekwinnert.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/6.jpg
Fig 3: The Beast's appearance exchanged with Belle's Fiancée At: http://intervistamag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/la-belle-et-la-bete-1946-8238-1310736113.jpg
Malcolm, Derek (1999) At: http://www.theguardian.com/film/1999/jul/01/1 (Online Review) Accessed 18/11/2013
TM (2012) At: http://www.timeout.com/london/film/la-belle-et-la-bete-1 (Online Review) Accessed 18/11/2013
Caldwell, Thomas ( 2011) At: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1001902-beauty_and_the_beast/ (Online Review) 18/11/2013