8 Great ... Human-Monster Romances

Nov 14, 2011 Comments
Beauty and the Beast (La belle et la bête) (1946)

It's probably a given that you've seen the superb Disney animated feature, the first cartoon ever to snag a Best Picture nomination. If you've never seen Jean Cocteau's haunting screen adaptation of the classic fable, however, you're missing out on one of the movies' most stirring and visually imaginative love stories. Cocteau's boyfriend Jean Marais makes an unforgettable, hairy-faced Beast, part petulant housecat and part bloodthirsty creature when he has to protect his beloved (Josette Day). The cutlery doesn't sing in this one, but the cinematography and art direction are pitch-perfect.

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