CMPCA FIlmspot Pop Up Cinema Club present Jean Cocteau’s
La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and the Beast) [PG] Saturday 25 October, Doors 7pm,for 7.30pm film
This spellbinding, Gothic masterpiece from 1946 conjures up a fantastical world of living statues and talking mirrors. Cocteau displays the artistry of filmmaking in the most extravagant fashion, working with cinematographer Henri Alekan and designer Christian Bérard to create his vision, inspired by both the illustrations of Gustave Doré and paintings by Vermeer. The orchestral score by Georges Auric further adds to the brooding mystery.
The film is based on the fairytale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beamont. A hapless merchant, lost in a dark forest, has sought refuge in the castle of a hideous monster who threatens to kill him, unless the merchant agrees that one of his daughters will stay with the monster. When his daughter, Beauty appears, the Beast falls madly in love with her.
Hauntingly portrayed by Cocteau’s lover, Jean Marais, the Beast is brutal and gentle, rapacious and vulnerable, shamed and repelled by his own bloodlust; and Beauty (Josette Day) is no mere damsel in distress, overcoming her fears to explore a sensuous, shadowy realm, which abounds in supernatural terrors and delights.
Widely regarded as a landmark in fantasy film making, this magical fable is not to be missed.
Advance booking essential, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets: £5 in advance (£6 at the door, if available)
Refreshments will be available. Presented in original French with English subtitles.