|Fig 1: La Belle et La Bete|
|Fig 2: La Belle et La Bete|
In terms of plot line, Belle et La Bete carries a highly sophisticated narrative, easily capable of holding up in today's cinema. You begin to notice the influence the 'magic' element of the story has had on today's movies when you are introduced to the beats castle, as pillars with living faces and candle sticks held by human arms parade across the walls your mind instantly strays towards the likes of such things as the Harry Potter series. over the years it has been looked at as "cinema's ultimate love story" (Brooks, 2014), which seems only necessary after viewing and seeing the effect it has had on the fantasy genre over the years.
|Fig 3: La Belle et La Bete|
The film also carries huge moral weight, it seems that not only the design of the film attracted Disney but also the messages extruding from the screen. As the film continues Belle without a doubt a role model for people all over the world as the audience sees her fall in love with someone who the rest of the community perceives to be a merciless monster, hence brandishing the name of Beast. Ideals like this are plastered through TV and film to this day, and it seems that Belle et La Bete could be the cornerstone for such deep moral compasses.
La Belle et La Bete is not only a strong example of set design and costume design at its best, but also of moral issues being tackled at such an early stage of cinema. "full of surrealist cinema tricks and haunting mise-en-scene." (Heath Jr, 2014) are the kinds of aspects of this film that any aspiring film maker should be trying to incorporate into their own work. It feels as if work like this continues to inspire and influence marvels of today, and there is no wonder as to why it was adapted into such a widely loved Disney fairy tale classic.
Oppenheimer, Jean, 2002, Movie Magic
http://www.dallasobserver.com/film/movie-magic-6391988 (Accessed on 27/10/15)
Brooks, Xan, 2014, La Belle et la Bête – review
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/jan/05/la-belle-et-la-bete-remastered-cocteau-review (Accessed on 27/10/15)
Heath Jr. Glen, 2014, La Belle Et La Bête Review
http://www.littlewhitelies.co.uk/theatrical-reviews/la-belle-et-la-bete-25666 (Accessed on 27/ 10/ 15)
Fig 1, Poster, La Belle et La Bete
http://www.20000daysonearth.com/collection/19/item/91/ (Accessed on 27/10/15)
Fig 2, Screenshot, La Belle et La Bete
http://manwithamovieblog.com/post/52780620952/la-belle-et-la-b%C3%AAte-1947-review (Accessed on 27/10/15)
Fig 3, Screenshot, La Belle et La Bete
http://thepandorian.com/2009/08/la-belle-et-la-bete/ (Accessed on 27/10/15)