In the eye of the be­holder

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Beauty and the Beast , Jean Cocteau’s 1946 mag­i­cal retelling of an 18th-cen­tury fairy tale, is the French direc­tor’s most ac­ces­si­ble film. It tells the story, us­ing a va­ri­ety of sur­re­al­is­tic ef­fects, of the long-suf­fer­ing Beast (Jean Marais) and his love for the beau­ti­ful Belle (Josette Day). Its back­ground score, by Cocteau’s friend Ge­orges Au­ric, pro­vides an evoca­tive underpinning for a story that has in­spired sev­eral com­posers through the years. The film opens at the Jean Cocteau Cinema on Fri­day, Feb. 13. On the cover is a poster for the film by Paul Davis; im­age cour­tesy Janus Films/Jean Cocteau Cinema.

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