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Beauty and the Beast (1946)

  • Starring: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély
  • Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément
  • Language: French w/ Subtitles
  • Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 93min.

These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13.

Film Synopsis: Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.

A thorough, spoiler-filled Parent’s Guide can be found here.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

"Beauty is fragile. Magic is rare. And it's precisely the blessing of the cinema that it affords us such opportunities to indulge in fantasy."
- Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"A sublime, sumptuous film directed by Jean Cocteau with the help of Rene Clement."
- Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Cocteau's fairytale set standards in fantasy which few other film-makers have reached."
- Tom Milne, Time Out
"Studied or not for philosophy, this is a sensuously fascinating film, a fanciful poem in movement given full articulation on the screen."
- Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It's a magical passage to a more impassioned and bewitching era."
- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A magnificent fairy tale. "
- Mike D'Angelo, Time Out
"Endures as an improbable dreamscape that marries the apex of cinema to a classic fable."
- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"One of the most magical of all films."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times