Past Meetup

Jean Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast" Art Film

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Movie is normal price (sorry no freebie this time!) but it's a single screening, 7:00 only - part of their Tuesday Classics series. This meetup is in conjunction with the Dayglow ActionPack group; I'm open to dinner/drinks after for anyone who wants to discuss!

I have never seen a Jean Cocteau movie and it's such an often-dropped name in culture and visuals, why not come see what it's about?

The write up in Wikipedia sounds complex but beautiful: Upon the film's December 1947 New York City release, critic Bosley Crowther ( called the film a "priceless fabric of subtle images,...a fabric of gorgeous visual metaphors, of undulating movements and rhythmic pace, of hypnotic sounds and music, of casually congealing ideas"; according to Crowther, "the dialogue, in French, is spare and simple, with the story largely told in pantomime (, and the music of Georges Auric accompanies the dreamy, fitful moods. The settings are likewise expressive, many of the exteriors having been filmed for rare architectural vignettes at Raray (, one of the most beautiful palaces and parks in all France. And the costumes, too, by Christian Bérard ( and Escoffier (, are exquisite affairs, glittering and imaginative."[2] ( According to Time magazine, the film is a "wondrous spectacle for children of any language, and quite a treat for their parents, too"; but the magazine concludes "Cocteau makes about a half-hour too much of a good thing—and few things pall like a dream that cannot be shaken off."[3] (

In 1999 Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert ( added the film to his "Great Movies" list, calling it "one of the most magical of all films" and a "fantasy alive with trick shots and astonishing effects, giving us a Beast who is lonely like a man and misunderstood like an animal."[4] ( A 2002 Village Voice ( review found the film's "visual opulence" "both appealing and problematic", saying "Full of baroque interiors, elegant costumes, and overwrought jewelry (even tears turn to diamonds), the film is all surface, and undermines its own don't-trust-a-pretty-face and anti-greed themes at every turn."[5] ( In 2010, the film was ranked #26 in Empire ( magazine's "100 Best Films of World Cinema".[6] (


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