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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Beauty and the Beast

La Belle et la Bête

1946, Jean Cocteau, France, 95 min. With Jean Marais, Josette Day.


The 6 PM screening is a Movie Club event. Join us for a post-screening conversation and a complimentary beverage in the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Gallery/Café. Movie ticket required.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 8th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Apr 8th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 9th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Apr 10th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 11th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 13th 8:15pm
Newly restored 35mm print!

★★★★ "One of the most magical of all films." – Roger Ebert

"Ravishing ... a recent restoration offering an opportunity to rediscover its undimmed pictorial splendor." – Kristin M. Jones, Wall Street Journal

Jean Marais, a young, obscure, strikingly handsome actor, became Jean Cocteau’s protégé and lover in 1937, and it was Marais who persuaded the opium-addicted poet to detox and take up the cinema again after a 15-year hiatus. In this imaginative and eternally popular version of the fairy tale, Marais is an uncommonly appealing Beast (Greta Garbo reportedly said after seeing the film, "Give me back my Beast!"), and Josette Day a suitably enchanting Beauty. Henri Alekan’s lustrous cinematography fulfills Cocteau’s directive to give the film "the soft gleam of hand-polished old silver." In French with English subtitles. Newly restored 35mm print. (MR)

APRIL 11: The 6:00 pm is a Movie Club event facilitated by critic Patrick McDonald. Patrick McDonald has been a film critic and entertainment writer for for eight years, and currently appears on HollywoodChicago.com and Film Autonomy.com. He has been chief tour guide for the Chicago Film Tour for seven seasons, and is a member of the Chicago Film Critics association.

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