Celebrate international European Art Cinema Day with a special screening of Jean Cocteau’s gorgeous 1946 French fantasy, Beauty and the Beast! European Art Cinema Day takes place at theatres worldwide on October 14, 2018, promoting great European films and the local cinema experience.
“One of the most magical of all films.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairytale 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. Set in a ravishingly dreamlike evocation of 17th-century France, the spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder. Cocteau’s transcendent treatment of the folktale strives, through use of poetic imagery and a minimum of (still astonishing) special effects, to achieve what the filmmaker called a “realism of the unreal.” (Dir. by Jean Cocteau, 1946, France, in French with subtitles, 93 mins., Not Rated)
European Art Cinema Day is a project of CICAE (The International Federation of Art Cinemas), a non-profit association promoting cultural diversity in cinemas and festivals. The CICAE was founded in 1955 and represents more than 4,000 screens and 22 international film festivals that have a shared mission of building audiences for excellent independent international film. The Loft Film Fest is the only American festival member of the CICAE.