La Belle et la Bête / Beauty and the Beast

La Belle et la Bête / Beauty and the Beast

Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées

Saturday, November 2 at 1:30 p.m.
$5 Students / $7 Members / $10 Non-Members
54 W. Chicago Avenue

La Belle et la Bête / Beauty and the Beast by Jean Cocteau (France, 1946, 93 min.)

Walk-in's welcome! 

In French with English subtitles. With acclaimed Chicago actress Barbara Robertson.

Before Disney Studios’ version of the fairy tale, there was Jean Cocteau’s. A beautiful young woman, named Belle, take her father’s place as a prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. La Belle et la Bête released in 1946 brought to the screen the flamboyant Jean Marais (The Count of Montecristo, The Testament of Orpheus) as both Avenant, Belle’s beau, and the Beast. 

Cocteau’s film underlines this opposition of two worlds, the real one of la Belle, inspired by Flemish painters such as Vermeer or Rembrandt, and the fantastic one of la Bête, the chiaroscuro work of Gustave Doré, especially his engravings illustrating Perrault’s fairy tales (Donkeyskin or Sleeping Beauty). With this opposition of pictorial tones and the use of the same actor for such different roles comes the true strength of this feature, making viewers long the return of the Beast in his magic castle.

“A film that dared to be naive, asking its audience to revert to childhood, the better to accept its practical magic” – the Guardian

About our guest speaker:

Award-winning actress Barbara Robertson has plied her trade on the board of every major theater in Chicago, from the Goodman and the Steppenwolf to the Chicago Skakespeare, and the Writer’s. She has appeared at the court Theater, among others, in La Bête (After Dark Award), Tartuffe (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination). She was featured in the Théâtre du Rêve production of Les femmes d’en haut by Quebec playwright Olivier Kemeid in 2012 at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago.

Her music hall performance includes  Working (Broadway Playhouse), Wicked (Cadillac Theatre and Oriental Theatre) and Yeast Nation (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination, American Theatre Company)

Robertson appeared in the first national tours of Wicked and Angels in America I & II (Jeff Award). And her film credits include: The Company (Robert Altman), A Straight Story (David Lynch’s), Hunter, Soul Survivors and LOL. Television credits include: a mini series for NBC, movies of the week for NBC, Disney and appearances in The Untouchables and Early Edition.

She is very proud to be a member of Actors Equity Association and a teacher at Columbia College Chicago.

Déjà Vu: Film & Theater Matinées

Classic films and great theater performances on Saturday afternoons – what’s not to love?

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