Fairytales and Fables is a free event at GOMA from 10 January to 30 March 2014.
Ranging in tone from light-hearted romps to more disturbing accounts, the program incorporates cinematic renditions and reinterpretations of classic tales, as well as original stories that combine elements of fairytale and fable with parody, experimental film and horror.
‘Fairytales and Fables’ offers an opportunity to view Jean Cocteau’s 1946 Beauty and the Beast on 21 February at 6pm and 9 March at 2.30pm.
Beauty and the Beast (1946) is rated PG:
‘Jean Cocteau’s classic remains one of the cinema’s most enchanting and sensuous excursions into the realm of poetic fantasy. It is the story of Belle (Josette Day), who, in order to save her father, agrees to live with the hideous Beast (Jean Marais). Slowly, she grows to feel some emotion for him, and her love transforms him. With its superb cinematography by Henri Alékan, splendid makeup creations, and fantastic sets, Beauty and the Beast is a feast for the fairy-tale faithful. But Cocteau reverses the happy ending by making the Beast’s transformation a cause for regret. “My aim,” he said, “would be to make the Beast so human, so sympathetic, so superior to men, that his transformation into Prince Charming would come as a terrible blow to Beauty, condemning her to a humdrum marriage and a future that is summed up in that last sentence of all fairy tales: ‘And they had many children.’”
Pacific Film Archive