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    Beauty and the Beast (DisCina, 1946). French Grande (47" X 63").
    So sublime and visually arresting is this country-of-origin delight, it's impossible to keep one's eyes off of it for very long. Artist Jean-Denis Malcles supplies the touch of enchantment here on the French grande for the film that was so effortlessly brought to the screen by director Jean Cocteau in 1946. At the time La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast) was filmed, Cocteau was known primarily as a poet and a painter. It's no wonder that after the film was released he instantly earned the distinction as one of the finest French directors of his era. As a further testament to the director's creative instincts, Cocteau was forced to use several different types of film stock during the making of the picture due to post-war shortages, later commenting that the differing visual textures added to the atmospheric effect. Josette Day and Jean Marais are endearing as the title characters, and La Belle et la Bete is still one of the best French films ever made. Light fold wear has been touched-up with professional restoration, making this the find of a lifetime. Very Fine on Linen.




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