La Belle et la Bete La Belle et la Bete has a fashion designer as their production designer and it reflects in the film.

The costumes that Belle wears when she is in the castle are highly extravagant and decadent, in contrast to what she normally wears. Bete seems to be moulding her astatically into the queen he wants her to be. The set design pushes the story into a fantasy world, floating candelabra and moving furniture that serves the inhabitants creates a unique world. The film critic Malcolm explains that this film is unique he states that, “It is certainly different in atmosphere and style from anything that had gone before”(Malcolm,1999) this difference allows the movie to feel as though we are watching a fairy tale. La belle et La Bete doesn’t pretend to be real it is a true fantasy story, the hall way scene when she glides into her room is a prime example of the film throwing away realism. Humphreville a film critic examines that this fairytale has a morphed into something more surreal ,“The child’s story remains but with some surrealistic overtones,” (Humphreville,s.d) Humphreville seems to be saying that the surrealism that stems from the house coming to life gives the story an edge . Bete’s house is a reflection of himself, it is magical and calm.

Figure 2. Corridor.(1946) Figure 2 shows Belle entering the candelabra hallway to take her fathers place to be killed. The house seems to react to belle in a very calm way although it

looks really menacing and could be easily terrifying. The arms in the walls remind me of repulsion but it doesn’t have an eerie feel to it.

The Poster art doesn’t really give away a lot to the film, figure 1 shows bête watching over Belle and the Prince in the foreground.

Figure 1. la Belle et la Bête Poster art.(1946). The prince isn’t revealed until the very end of the film and in many ways its sad that the character of beast is gone forever because his onscreen character becomes lovable, as we watch him grow and restrain his animalistic nature to appear civilised in Belle’s presence. Scheib said that “Cocteau is not afraid to show the animalistic side of the Beast and we are treated to a series of striking tableaux where the romance is undercut” (Scheib,s.d)Scheib appears to be saying that its uncanny for us to see Bete acting like an animal, but this really puts the point across that he is struggling with his animalistic instincts. Creating a well rounded character who is a lot more complex ,than just a scary beast who’s trying to lock away Belle.

Bete is played by the same actor who plays Avenant and the prince. Bette and Avenant are similar, in persona Bete is part animal and we watch as he tries to suppress his animalistic instincts while Avenant although he’s human he has a strong male ego that makes him very animalistic in a way because he reacts to his raw emotions without thinking of the consequences.

Bibliography Humphreville,K.(s.d) La Belle et la Bête.At: http://people.wcsu.edu/mccarneyh/fva/c/La_Belle_et_la_Bete_780.html (Accessed13.12.12) Malcolm,D.(1999).Jean Cocteau: La Belle et la Bête. At: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/1999/jul/01/1 (Accessed13.12.12) Scheib,R(s.d).Beauty and the Beast(La Belle et la Bete).At: http://0to5starsmoria.ca/fantasy/beauty-and-the-beast-1946-la-belle-et-la-bete.htm (Accessed13.12.12)

Illustration list Figure 1. la Belle et la Bête Poster art At: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/La_Belle_et_la_Bête_fil m.jpg/220px-La_Belle_et_la_Bête_film.jpg( Accessed13.12.12) Figure 2. Corridor.(1946). From La Belle Et La Bete. Directed by : Jean Cocteau. [Film still] France. At: http://www.leninimports.com/jean_cocteau_la_belle_et_la_bete_gallery_8.jpg ( Accessed13.12.12)

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