Memorable lines from “La Belle et La Bete” (1946)


Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film adaptation of the traditional fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published in 1757 as part of a fairy tale anthology (Le Magasin des Enfants, ou Dialogues entre une sage gouvernante et ses élèves, London 1757). Directed by French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, the film stars Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais.

Avenant:  Don’t be scared.
Ludovic:  I’m not scared.  I’m thinking.
Avenant:  Same thing.

Beast:  Love can turn a man into a beast.  But love can also make an ugly man handsome.  Are you happy?
Beauty:  I’ll have to get used to it.  Where will you take me?
Beast:  To my kingdom.
Beauty:  Is it far?
Beast:   We’ll fly through the air.  You won’t be frightened?
Beauty:  I don’t mind being frightened . . . with you.

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