Friday, January 8, 2010

Capsule Review: Beauty And The Beast (1946)

An often surprisingly dark and inventive adaptation of the famous Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont story, with a plethora of exciting visual trickery and visual effects - particularly the beast himself, which walks the fine line of being equally charming and repulsive. Filled with unforgettable images - the candles held by human arms, the living statues, the castle itself filled with foreboding shadows - this endearing fairytale manages to overcome some slippery moments, particularly near the end, to become an endearing classic.

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