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Beauty and the Beast: Diary of a Film

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Personalities of actors, technical problems and their surmounting, daily events, much more. 38 photographs.
Paperback, 142 pages
Published June 1st 1972 by Dover Publications (first published 1946)
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Oct 05, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the doomed romantic who only loves beautiful looking people
One of the great films of all time "Beauty and the Beast" and one of the great journals of making a film. Cocteau had an opium problem as well as skin problems as well. Misery made one of the most beautiful films in film history.
Aug 28, 2008 Brandon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: potential filmmakers
Curious how one of my favorite movies could come out of such a painful shoot. Cocteau makes the occasional comment about the mystical power of poetry but mainly keeps to the details: the weather, the day's shoot, and his awful health problems. Fascinating... would make anyone think twice about wanting to make films. The original story (only a few pages long) is appended to the end.
Apr 02, 2012 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On retrouve dans ce livre toute la magie du film - dont le tournage a été un véritable parcours du combattant, aussi bien pour le réalisateur que pour les acteurs et les machinistes. Dommage cependant qu'il soit autant question de furoncles, urticaire, jaunisse et autres maux dont Cocteau a souffert pendant ces quelques mois.
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Pas absolument nécessaire, mais on retrouve l'ambiance de ce film magnifique et on apprend le bricolage derrière les extraordinaires décors.
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it's a mixture of cherries, strawberries and popcorn. in a deeper sense it's the leave from hotel california. deglamourize if that's a word.
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Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright and filmmaker. Along with other Surrealists of his generation (Jean Anouilh and René Char for example) Cocteau grappled with the "algebra" of verbal codes old and new, mise en scène language and technologies of modernism to create a paradox: a classical a ...more
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