We go from Summer Classics to the Rosa Goddard International Film Series for the next three Wednesdays. Showing this week, on September 21 we feature Jean Cocteau’s 1946 “Beauty and the Beast”. Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder. trailer
Coming in following weeks are Peter Falk in “Wings of Desire” and the French animation classic, “Fantastic Planet”.