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Fairy tale fans, rejoice!!
Tonight at 8 pm (EST? Everywhere? Not sure!) on Turner Classic Movies (TCM), you can watch the 1946 version of Beauty and the Beast.
Written and directed by Jean Cocteau, the movie stars Jean Marais as Beast and Josette Day as Belle.
I discovered the movie playing when fairy tale author Sarah Cross (KILL ME SOFTLY) reblogged an entry from Mary Grantner, which reads:
Saturday night in prime time, TCM makes up for a few really bad weeks of scheduling with Jean Cocteau’s “Beauty and the Beast” from 1946. It’s the familiar story with the addition of a few unnecessary characters and turns. Despite that, it is hands-down the best filmed version of the fairy tale. Jean Marais and Josette Day are the leads and the dialogue is spare. This is a story told largely with visuals, and it’s just gorgeous to look at. The design of the whole thing is stunning, and Cocteau manages some impressive tricks with the camera. A far cry from the Disney musical cartoon, and not to be missed.
I actually haven't seen this version before. I look at it every time the Criterion movies go on sale for 50% off each year, but hate blind-buying things. It takes me a while to make up my mind (I did blind-buy both The Red Shoes and Black Orpheus during two separate Criterion Sales, but it required a long thought process!)
I know what I'll be home doing after work tonight! Will you be watching with me?