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Beauty and the Beast: The original handwritten screenplay, by Jean Cocteau

Late one stormy night, a bankrupt merchant happens upon a mysterious castle. Seeking refuge there, he is affronted by its enraged master who condemns the poor man to death. In an attempt to save him, his daughter Belle takes his place as the Beast's prisoner…

This 1944 screenplay is exclusively handwritten and illustrated by Jean Cocteau. Throughout the many manuscript pages, Jean Cocteau demonstrates acute precision by way of his meticulous dialogue and his intricate technical instructions, adorned by his iconic loose sketches of characters.

This deluxe edition provides readers with backstage access to Jean Cocteau's incredible creative process and extraordinary imagination. 


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Customer reviews

nounou06

document de valeurs symbolique et artistique, correspond à mes attentes, a sa place sur un lutrin, classieux et très intéressant

Jean-Bernard

Très belle réalisation très émouvante, pour qui veut approcher de très près l'art de Cocteau. On a vraiment l'impression d'avoir le manuscrit entre les mains....

a-i

A tous les passionnés de l'oeuvre de Cocteau, je recommanderais ce livre cher, certes, mais qui, pour moi est l'égal d'un bijou

Oui c'est une belle idée après Amélie et Boris, nous entrons dans l'univers magique de Jean. Ce manuscrit est si différent des 2 autres, peut-être encore plus intimiste...A découvrir sans attendre

Superbe livre !
On aurait envie d'encadrer de nombreuse pages pour les avoir à l’œil plus souvent !
Ne pas hésiter à offrir aux amoureux des beaux livres

un livre pour les amoureux de Cocteau... Les dessins sont sublimes. On retrouve la grâce de l'artiste. Et la beauté du conte...

Une pure merveille que ce coffret. Dans la foulée du Boris Vian, le manuscrit de La Belle et la Bête est un enchantement pour ceux qui rêvent de plonger dans les instants de la création à sa source même! Les Saints-Pères font vraiment des ouvrages éternels...

Magnifique !!! Superbe !!!! Que d'émotions en feuilletant ce très bel ouvrage numéroté ......
Moi qui connait les dialogues par coeur, ce fut un vrai délice de les relire en regardant l'écriture de Jean Cocteau
Quand aux commentaires ,à gauche !, un vrai plaisir de découvrir comment ,pourquoi,surtout comment ont été réalisé certaines scènes .....
Un vrai régal à ne pas manquer pour rêver,pour aimer Merci Monsieur Jean Marais,
Merci Monsieur Cocteau