Beauty And The Beast


IFC Center

Location: IFC Center

Date: October 18th at 8pm

Richard Haines presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Jean Cocteau, 1946):

Jean Cocteau, a French poet, novelist, filmmaker, and director of the 1946 rendition of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, uses magical realism and queer nuance to illustrate the many forms in which beauty manifests itself. A major figure in the Surrealist and Dada art movements, Cocteau’s dreamy special effects create a mise-en-scene that is so lush with symbolism that the set feels like another character in the poetic and haunting love story between Belle and The Beast. Jean Marais, Cocteau’s muse and lover, plays the monstrous beast as well as three other roles in this film, while Josette Day, as Belle, plays a convincingly horrified damsel. Richard Haines, the guest presenter, will talk about how this film not only shaped his life but also his love of art, design, fashion and all things queer.

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