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Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast  Cover Image DVD DVD

Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast / Centre National de l'Audiovisuel, Luxembourg et Célia Films présentent ; André Paulvé présente ; dans un film de Jean Cocteau ; histoire, paroles et mise en scéne de Jean Cocteau ; d'aprés le conte de Mme. Leprince de Beaumont.

Record details

  • ISBN: 0780026098
  • ISBN: 9780780026094
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (32 pages : illustrations : 22 cm).
  • Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2003.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1946.
Based on the story : Beauty and the beast / by Mme. Leprince de Beaumont.
Program notes on container insert include an essay "Once upon a time" with reflections on the production by Cocteau, and an English-language version of the original story by Mme. Leprince de Beaumont.
Special features: Optional opera soundtrack written for the film by Philip Glass; optional audio commentary by film historian Arthur Knight; optional audio commentary by film historian Sir Christopher Frayling; "Screening at the Majestic" 1995 documentary short featuring interviews with cast and crew (27 min.); 1995 interview with director of photography Henri Alekan (10 min.); "Secrets professionnels: tête à tête" television excerpts from the March 12th, 1964 French television show demonstrating makeup artist Hagop Arakelian's work (9 min.); original French theatrical trailer (4 min.); 1995 restoration release trailer (2 min.); restoration short (5 min.); production stills gallery.
"A Janus Films release."
Formatted Contents Note:
Special features include: commentary by writer/cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling, Commentary by film historian Arthur Knight, original opera written for the film by renowned composer Philip Glass, Screening at the Majestic, 1995 documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew, interview with cinematographer Henri Alekan, rare behind-the-scenes and publicity stills, original 1945 trailer narrated and directed by Cocteau, a note about the film by Cocteau, film restoration demonstration, a reprint of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's original fable translated from the French, notes by Francis Steegmuller from the definitive book Cocteau: a Biography,
Restrictions on Access Note:
Educational and home use only.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Photographer, Henri Alekan ; editor, Claude Ibéra ; music, Georges Auric ; illustrated by Christian Bérard ; makeup, Hagop Arakelian.
Participant or Performer Note:
Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Raoul Marco, Marcel André.
Summary, etc.:
A restoration of the original 1946 French film, telling the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him.
System Details Note:
DVD, dual-layer, 1.33::1 aspect ratio; Dolby digital 5.1 surround (opera soundtrack), Dolby digital mono (original soundtrack).
Language Note:
In French with optional English subtitles.
Subject: Self-sacrifice > Drama.
Monsters > Drama.
Feature films.
French language materials.
Longs métrages.
Bibel Philemonbrief
Die Schöne und das Tier
Genre: Foreign films.
Feature films.
Filmed operas.
Feature films.

Available copies

  • 5 of 5 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Rowayton Library.


  • 0 current holds with 5 total copies.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Rowayton Library DVD BEA (Text) 33625138952903 Adult New Foreign Language DVD Available -

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