The third film we watched from the ‘Shapeshifters’ film programme was Jean Cocteau’s ‘La Belle et La Bete’, released in 1946 in France, which is a film adaption based on the story of the same name.
The story follows a young woman called Belle (Josette Day) who is kept in the Beast's castle as a substitute for her father after he is caught 'stealing' a rose. Belle and the Beast begin falling in love, however he eventually lets her go. Belle returns home but once she see's Beast is sad she goes back to him. Upon arrival Belle finds Beast dying from a broken heart. The curse of the Beast lifts and the two fly away.
This film is very much a fantasy with so many aspects of the film connected to the use of magic:
Like the previous two films this one employs the use of a physical change in the human appearance: