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La Belle et la Bete (PG)

Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

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The critical consensus

The simple and surreal effects bind the spell: by using the tangible magic of hands through walls, moving statues, steamy paws and the rest, Cocteau makes rapt believers of us all – adults and children alike.

*****Kevin Harley, Total Film, 30/12/2013

Cocteau's 1946 version of the famous fairytale (re-released in a 4K restoration as part of the British Film Institute's ongoing Gothic season) is a tour de force that belies the straitened circumstances in which it was made.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 02/01/2014

It is formally exquisite and heartfelt and entirely absorbing: a secret fairytale for adults.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 02/01/2014

La belle et la bête is full of wonder and mystery. It's cinema's ultimate love story, dressed up as a monster.

*****Xan Brooks, The Observer, 05/01/2014

Fairy tale cinema at its most subversive and magical.

Glen Heath Jr, Little White Lies, 02/01/2014

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday January 3, 2014, until Sunday January 5, 2014. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Wednesday January 8, 2014, until Thursday January 9, 2014. More info:

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