Thursday 10 Dec 2020, 14:15
With its enchanted castle featuring fantastic living statuary and Cocteau's lover Jean Marais starring as a Beast who is at once brutal and gentle, rapacious and vulnerable, shamed and repelled by his own bloodlust, La Belle et la Bete remains a pinnacle of the cinematic Gothic imagination.
As Marina Warner has written, 'the film unfolds to a perfectly poised slow tempo in surreal settings that gain intensity from the fabulous decor and costumes, the glittering lighting and the many moments of magic effects. The candle-lit shadow-play deepens the gothic atmosphere of the beast's castle, harking back to early expressionist classics of the genre.'
Winter fables, fairy tales and a feast of festive faves. This film is part of our Enchanted Castle holiday season!