We’ve now arrived to a point in which I can talk about a crown jewel. Yes, many of you have wondered when I’d be bringing up this version—and now, it is time. This week on Tale As Old As Time Rewind, we’re going to examine the beloved classic version of Beauty and the Beast made in 1946. Directed by Jean Cocteau, this is considered, next to Disney’s, the most iconic rendition—and for good reason. Most other adaptations wouldn’t exist without Cocteau’s being created. And with that, we should give it some respect. So let’s take a look at what many consider to be the best version of Beauty and the Beast to ever be made.
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If you were to ask anyone who knows me, they could tell you with ease the love and admiration I have for La Belle et La Bete (Beauty and the Beast.) The story written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, has been adapted countless times into various retellings (the most famous by Beaumont in 1757), TV series, and other media. But probably the incarnation of the tale people know most of all are the multiple film versions, with the most famous being Disney’s from 1991.
So when news came that a new adaptation was coming from director Christophe Gans, my curiosity and fan girl heart began to perk up. It was to involve one of my favorite actors of all time, Vincent Cassel, along with actress Lea Seydoux. It would reach further than any other screen adaptation before, drawing extreme inspiration from Villeneuve’s version. All these notions made my anticipation grow like no other film had done for me before. And then the first trailer was released….
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