Beauty and the Beast

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Director: Jean Cocteau Run Time: 91 min. Format: Digital Rating: NR

Release Year: 1946

Language: French

Starring: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Marcel Andre, Michel Auclair, Mila Parely, Nane Germon

Celebrate Valentine’s day with Jean Cocteau’s dreamy adaptation of the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST love story with our Live Sound Cinema presentation featuring a live score by Reel Orchestrette!

Surrealist Jean Cocteau’s film adaptation of the French fairy tale “La Belle et Le Bete” (the first ever produced) is a marvel of stage design that’s heavy with innuendo and loaded visuals. The story of Belle, a farmer’s daughter, who offers herself as hostage to a mythical, tortured Beast in exchange for her father’s life. The film springs to life once she reaches The Beast’s secluded castle where everything, from the doors to the light fixtures, has a life of its own. Captivated by his hostage, The Beast falls for Belle, allowing her to return home every day on the condition that he will die if she doesn’t return, leaving Belle torn between her freedom and budding romantic (and sexual! shh!) feelings for the Beast.

Reel Orchestrette (Bradford Reed & Geoff Gersh) is dedicated to the art of live musical accompaniment to silent films. Reed & Gersh have been collaborating together for almost 20 years, they formed Reel Orchestrette in 2012.