Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, June 30, 2012

2:00 PM Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall

(France/1946—directed by Jean Cocteau)

Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale 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. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder, and the majestic imagery of cinematographer Henri Alekan (Wings of Desire) is both childlike and magical in its deceptively simple, stunningly dreamlike power. Clearly a source of inspiration for the Disney artists who fashioned their extraordinary animated version decades later, Cocteau’s original masterwork remains a delicate and unique example of a cinematic imagination unleashed. In French with English subtitles. (93 min.)

"One of the most magical of all films, and one of the greatest."   -Roger Ebert, The Great Movies 

Most screenings of the summer DFT 101 series will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the DIA’s Lecture Hall, located on the museum’s ground floor – use Woodward or Farnsworth for entry. Film admission to this series is included with the price of general DIA admission, and is free to DIA members as well.

The Café DIA, located just steps from the Lecture Hall, offers full food and beverage service and is open from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.