Nieuwe Jonkerstraat 8 , 1011 CM Amsterdam


free entrance / no reservations

wed. 14 feb. 2024 / 20.30 hrs

(bar open 20.00)

Underground Cinema

La Belle et la Bête (1946)

Directed by Jean Cocteau

(de voertaal van deze avond is Engels).

Jeffrey's Underground Cinema has been showing neglected and forgotten films for the last decade. This night:  

La Belle et la Bête (1946)
Directed by Jean Cocteau
96 minutes
In French with English subtitles

Jean Cocteau’s haunting adaptation of the classic fairytale “Beauty and the Beast” penned by Madame Leprince de Beaumont is certainly one of the most beautiful films ever made. It was made when cinema was a daring art form, and even when dealing with things like fairy-tales they were done with style, grace, intelligence, complexity and depth. This film remains one of the greatest screen adaptations from a literary work in the history of cinema, filled with poetic images that sear into your brain – of flowing curtains, haunting landscapes, poetic surrealism, or eyes that gleam with an unworldliness.

The story? When an elderly man is indebted to a beast, his lovely daughter sacrifices herself to save her father, and gives herself to the beast. Made in 1946, in the devastation and ruins of WWII, maybe it could only be after a worldwide disaster that a masterpiece of magic and beauty like this could be created out of its ashes. It has an earth-shattering sense of humanity and a profound beauty. It’s surreal, spellbinding, and visually gorgeous. The kind of stuff that dreams are made of.

With a short introduction by Jeffrey Babcock

20:30 (doors and bar open at 20:00)
Free entrance / no reservations