As part of Movies Silently’s Fairytale Blogathon, in which posts from guest bloggers are contributed daily on a particular theme, in this case fairytales, I am contributing a post on my all time favourite film , and it is the latter that I am writing about for the blogathon. : Jean Cocteau Jean Marais Josette Day collection christophel " data-medium-file="https://enchantedbyfilm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/belleetbete4.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://enchantedbyfilm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/belleetbete4.jpg? w=434" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-1354" src="https://enchantedbyfilm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/belleetbete4.jpg? w=640" alt="La Belle et la Bete" srcset="https://enchantedbyfilm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/belleetbete4434w, https://enchantedbyfilm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/belleetbete4.jpg?The castle likewise is cursed, with all the servants within it turning into enchanted objects such as a clock, candlabra, wardrobe, and teapot, amongst others.
No matter who the spectator relates to, both characters fight their battles throughout the film and finally achieve their happy ending – et voilà! I believe it is a film’s ability to allow the spectator to project themselves so fully onto characters within films that creates such an emotional impact on the spectator.
Whether there be anger, sadness or tears of joy, the spectator, for the duration of the film, is living out the experiences of the character. It provides us with an outlet for our emotions as well as encouraging us to experience new ones, which allows us to learn as human beings.
Cut to Belle, suggesting that she will become our heroine of the story and return the prince to his human form.
The song that follows conveys to the audience that Belle is considered a bit of an oddball amongst the other villagers due to her diehard love of reading.
Belle is forevermore trapped within the castle with only a monstrous beast and talking furniture for company – it does not seem much of a life of adventure.
What follows is an array of musical sequences which all serve their purpose in adding depth to each character, providing the spectator with an understanding of that character’s motives and thoughts.Meanwhile, local heartthrob Gaston proves himself conceited and arrogant and desperate to marry Belle so that he may add her to the ongoing display of trophies in his house.Belle rejects his advances in humorous style, embarrassing him in front of the whole village.w=150 150w, https://enchantedbyfilm.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/belleetbete4.jpg? w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 434px) 100vw, 434px" / An old tale that stands the test of time All fairytales deal with universal themes and human attributes that make these stories important in educating the young.As Einstein said – “if you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.Fantasy and fairytales are particularly important in this way as they openly provide a new world and a sense of heroic triumph that we can project ourselves into.begins with a narrator telling the story of a young prince who rejected an old crone from his castle when she came knocking on his door one day, pleading for shelter, offering him a single rose in return.The crone warns him to look past her haggard appearance and appeals to his better nature, but as the narrator states “the prince was cruel, selfish and unkind”.When he again turns her away, the crone transforms into a beautiful enchantress, and she places a curse on him, changing him into a hideous monster as punishment and to reflect the ugliness within him.It is then that the protagonist can leave the fantasy world with a refreshing look on life, having fought their demons and feeling able to conquer more.In terms of , the spectator may identify with the young girl who craves adventure beyond her claustrophobic, provincial life, or with the beast who is forever trapped by his past.