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Friday, April 10, 2009

Belle et Bete

Jean Cocteau's version of Beauty and the Beast follows the story faithfully, for the most part, though there are small but significant changes. The magical palace the Beast inhabits is quite ingeniously created, and considering there were no special effects as we know them today, it is really amazing.

The effects used could be reproduced on a miniscule budget. The lighting, camera work, editing and imagination create so much mystery and beauty. One sees how Belle goes from fear to horror to pity and thence to love. Of course the magic mirror fits right into Cocteau's style.

In the DVD was a quotation from Philip Glass saying he was inspired by Cocteau. It is not surprising; Cocteau was a seminal influence in several arts.

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