Beauty and the Beast (1946) Synopsis
A French maiden tells the enchanted beast who has captured her father that she will take his place.
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100

TV Guide

A masterpiece. It is a credit to Cocteau's genius (and to that of his collaborators) that he has taken the unreal world of a fairy tale and...
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100

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
One of the great marvels of the medium, a film that you cannot miss if you hope to be literate in cinema -- or, indeed, if you seek...
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100

Dallas Observer

By Jean Oppenheimer
So enchanting it takes your breath away.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The timeless fairy tale about a young woman who agrees to dwell with a mysterious monster, as interpreted in 1946 by one of cinema's most...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Cocteau, a poet and surrealist, was not making a "children's film" but was adapting a classic French tale that he felt had a special...
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Beautifully remastered and containing Cocteau's long-unseen special prologue and credits -- is as much a feat of feverish delight as it was...
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40

Village Voice

Viewers must get in touch with their inner child to fall for Belle's eventual love for Beast. The film seems somewhat aware of this,...
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