|Belle's father, the merchant, first arrives at the castle.|
The bracket attaching the candelabra to the wall is actually an actor's arm.
|Though the idea of servants being reduced to nothing more|
than a pair of hands was borrowed from La Chatte Blanche,
it was their visual representation in this film that had a direct impact
on the animated Disney version that came out forty-five years later.
|Note the human heads as accent pieces on the fireplace.|
How is this dude maintaining his composure, i.e.,
not totally freaked out by ANIMATE STONE PEOPLE?
|Their arms must have gotten really tired.|
It was worth it for the effect, though. The set looks surreal.
|Carved human likenesses are everywhere throughout the castle,|
as if to mock The Beast's curse. Can't have been too comfortable for Belle, either.
|"Hey guuurl, I heard you like magical roses..."|
Heads that turn and eyes that watch the inhabitants of
the castle lend a touch of otherworldliness to the film.
|Nature has a large role in many fairy tales.|
Here, vines cover the walls of Belle's bedroom;
a profound image which helps to create a magical atmosphere.
This is a remarkable foreign film, listed as one of the top twenty films of the 1940s. Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais as The Beast/The Prince/Avenant instilled their roles with equal amounts fantasy and believability. According to Bio, Cocteau is revered as "one of the most influential creative figures in the Parisian avant-garde," and La belle et la bête is one of his most-loved works. Watch it yourself to find out why.
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