If you’re only familiar with the Disney versions of Beauty and the Beast, Jean Cocteau’s 1946 adaptation of the fairy tale has a rather unexpected ending. The Nazis had barely left France when Cocteau began work on the film, and he makes the most of what was clearly a limited budget for its day. (The opening credits were written on a chalkboard, though thankfully no expense was spared on the candelabras and creepy arm sconces.) Cocteau’s lover Jean Marais plays the beast in this particularly swoony tale, but the same actor also plays hunky suitor Avenant (the character you probably know better as Gaston). “There’s something in it that’s so real it’s kind of scary,” Stevie Nicks says.
The screening will be held in the College of Arts & Sciences Building, Room 157.