Wednesday, 17 March 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 181

292 - La Belle et le Bete - 4 stars
A delightful imagining of the fairy tale.
No singing teapots here but still full of beautiful, magical touches like real arms acting as the candleabra holders in the Beast's castle and living statues. Something you just wouldn't get in these days of CGI.
The true wonder in this film however is the performance of Jean Marais as the Beast. He manages to convey so much emotion underneath 5 hours of make-up yet disappears within the character that I didn't even realise until 2/3 of the way through that he was also playing the character of Avenant. Now that is acting.
Days remaining - 184 Films remaining - 236

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