10 Essential Movies Guillermo Del Toro Demands You See

8. Beauty And The Beast

La Belle Et La Bete
Lopert Pictures
While Disney cleaned up at the box office with their lushly colour-coded and smoothly animated adaptation of Beauty And The Beast, Jean Cocteau's 1946 black and white version offered a far more sublime telling of the classic fairy tale using camera trickery which impresses to this day. Pan's Labyrinth is once again a close point of comparison to Cocteau's Beauty And The Beast, which del Toro has described as a parable which depends on "sublime, almost ethereal, imagery to convey a sense of doom and loss: mad, fragile love clinging for dear life in a maelstrom of darkness." Del Toro certainly knows a thing or two both about devising intricate and convincing in-camera effects (his use of CGI is usually complimentary rather than dominant), so it's little surprise that he considers Cocteau's film a haunting and enchanting masterpiece. Also recommended: Eyes Without A Face

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