La Belle et la Bête Cabaret Cinema
1946, France, Jean Cocteau, 93 min.
Starring Jean Marais, Josette Day and Mila Parély
Introduced by author Mira Bartók
What’s unforgettable about this film:
1. The embodiment of the adage: "You can't judge a book by its cover"
2. Considered one of the finest fantasy films of all time
3. The confident direction by French poet and novelist, Jean Cocteau
Mira Bartók is a visual artist, NPR commentator and author of The Memory Palace, a New York Times bestselling memoir and winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Autobiography. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, noted in The Best American Essays series and has appeared in numerous literary journals, magazines and anthologies. Mira has also received grants and awards from many organizations, including the United States Fulbright Program, the Pollack Krasner Foundation, and Pen-American. She lives in Western Massachusetts where she runs Mira’s List, a website that helps artists find funding and residencies all over the world and North of Radio, a multi-media collaborative she co-founded with her husband, musician Doug Plavin. You can find her at: http://www.mirabartok.com.
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