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La Belle et la Bête (Jean Cocteau, France, 1946)

Beauty is fragile. Magic is rare. And it’s precisely the blessing of the cinema that it affords us such opportunities to indulge in fantasy.
— Calum Marsh, Village Voice

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her...

Josette Day and Jean Marais star, respectively, as Belle and The Beast in Cocteau's dream-like  adaptation of the 1757 story Beauty and the Beast (written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and originally published as part of a fairy tale anthology.)