The film Beauty and the Beast was directed by Jean Cocteau and produced in 1945. It was based on the original story written by Suzanne Barbot de Gallos de Villeneuve. Jean Cocteau was born in France and has made many other movies including the following: Les Parents Terribles, Orphee, Les Enfants Terribles, and Le Sang D’un Poete. In the Film Beauty and the Beast, Jean Cocteau uses smoke, a glove, a white rose and other items of the Beast to create a magical mood. He also uses oblique camera angles to develop the stature of the characters.
Cocteau uses symbolism to establish a magical and enchanting mood in the film. The smoke symbolizes the progression from beast to man. This was shown when the beast was changing into a man smoke was coming off of him. The smoke also gives the movie a spooky sort of mood. The Beast’s glove gave the wearer the power to teleport anywhere he or she may want, like when Beauty used it to go from her father’s home to the castle. It too gave the movie a magical mood. Now this is not the only use of symbolism in the film.
Jean Cocteau uses also symbolism as one of the methods to develop his characters. He uses the white rose as a symbol of love and purity. When Beauty asks for a rose she shows her true character of love. The white rose is also symbolic of the Beast’s inner character. The Beast may appear to be a hideous creature, but on the inside he is a loving and caring person. Cocteau had another way of developing his characters besides symbolism.
In the film Cocteau also used oblique camera angles develop the stature of the character. He would use shots the were angled up towards the character to make the character look bigger or more important. He would also angle shots from of above the character to make them look smaller or less important. Cocteau would use the upward shots on the Beast to make him look more powerful, and the downward shots on lesser characters, like the extras or ...