The intriguing exhibition Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic exhibition at Exeter’s RAMM has spawned a series of gothic film screenings, accompanied by introductory talks.
The screening plus talk, with the promise that it will ‘answer those questions you always wanted to know about the Gothic but never dared ask’, takes place at the Exeter Picturehouse (cue talk of Victorian-style pay and conditions) and is organised by the Picturehouse people plus Exeter University.
La Bella et la Bete is, as Disney reminds us in song, a tale as old as time (well, it was apparently published in 1757 by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, but let’s not quibble).
The French flick is directed by Jean Cocteau, and regularly makes it into all-time top lists of films, cited for its sparse dialogue, trick shots, magic and fantasy.
Released in 1946 it was perhaps a time when the world needed a bit of fantasy and when the faith of children could make dreams come true.
Jean Cocteau’s La Belle at la Bete is at the Exeter Picturehouse on Monday, February 9, 2015, at 6.30pm. For tickets pop along to the Exeter Picturehouse site.
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