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Beauty and the Beast (1947)

NOTE: The original Criterion release of this movie only had the first commentary track, with historian Arthur Knight. That release is now discontinued, and the current release from Criterion includes both commentaries listed above.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Film historian Arthur Knight Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Commentary 2: Cultural historian Sir Christopher Frayling Rating:9.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Tekker on March 7th, 2008:Find all reviews by Tekker
This appear to be Frayling's first commentary with quite a few gaps and a bit of hisitation.
Turns out to be worth a listen, though.
Reviewed by musíl65 on June 18th, 2013:Find all reviews by musíl65
The Sergio Leone expert Frayling is well prepared and does a solid commentary. He talks about the situation of the film industry after WW II in France, the novel and the script, the effects, the sets, Cocteau’s style, the acting, the locations and many more topics. The look of Vermeer’s paintings has also been an influence for the style. A lot of cultural references are mentioned.

He adds interesting information from Cocteau’s diary. The relationship between Jean Marais an Cocteau is also mentioned.

The track is a little bit dry, but worth listen to it. 9 out of 10.