A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking. Read More »
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Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). Read More »
Political intrigue and psychological drama run parallel. Read More »
L’Amérique insolite / America As Seen by a Frenchman (1960) François Reichenbach, Jean Cocteau, Paul Klinger, June Richmond, Documentary
This documentary is a general, unquestioning travelog of the United States through the eyes of French director and co-cameraman Francois Reichenbach Read More »
La belle et la bête / Beauty and the Beast (1946) Jean Cocteau, René Clément, Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Adélaïde, Belle, Félicie and Ludovic are young adult siblings who once lived in grandeur until their father’s merchant ships were lost at sea. The family is now near ruin, but Adélaïde and Félicie nonetheless still squander away the family money on themselves and keeping beautiful, whereas Belle slaves around the house, doting on her father. Ludovic detests his two spoiled sisters, but is protective of Belle, especially with his friend Avenant, a handsome scoundrel who wants to marry Belle. Crossing the forest one dark and stormy evening, the father gets lost and takes refuge in a fantastical castle. Upon leaving, he steals a blossom off a rose bush, which Belle requested. The castle’s resident, an angry beast, sentences him to one of two options for the theft of the rose: his own death, or that of one of his daughters. As she feels she is the cause of her father’s predicament (despite her sisters asking for far more lavish gifts), Belle sacrifices herself to the beast.
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Les parents terribles / The Storm Within (1948) Jean Cocteau, Jean Marais, Josette Day, Yvonne de Bray, Drama
When Michel, who’s 22, tells his parents he is in love, his mother Yvonne is distraught, believing she will lose his love (which is the center of her life), and his father Georges is distressed because it is Georges’ mistress, Madeleine, whom his son loves. Yvonne and Georges financially and emotionally depend on Michel’s maiden aunt, Léo, who was once engaged to Georges but gave him up to her sister. Léo resolves to help them separate Michel and Madeleine, choreographs an elaborate meeting at Madeleine’s flat where Georges concocts a lie that Madeleine feels she must embrace, and the lovers part. Aunt Léo then has a change of heart and tries to put everything right.
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