Sunday, April 9, 2017
VIVA LA BETE
Yes, it's a long time away. But to help pass the time, take a look at my Beast of the Month for April!
Behold this luscious image from Jean Cocteau's dreamy 1946 classic, La Belle et la Bete.
Sure, Disney's new Beauty and the Beast movie is getting all the buzz (a live-action remake of the studio's own 1991 cartoon feature). But Cocteau's sumptuous fairy tale, shot in glorious black-and-white, gets my vote as the Best.Version. Ever.
That's French heartthrob Jean Marais behind the fur, with Josette Day as the rightly smitten Beauty.
Marais was a handsome guy, but look at this soulful Beast!
It's said that when Greta Garbo saw the film, she cried out at the end, "Give me back my Beast!"
Who could blame her?