During my recent visit to the cottage I decided to take some photos and, upon editing them, realized how much better they looked in black and white because of the dramatic light. Immediately I thought of Jean Cocteau's La belle et la bête (1946) and decided to embrace the impressive lighting in my rendition of his fantastical realm. While viewing these photos I hope you will transport yourself into my own version of Cocteau's wonderland.
Dress - Chicwish
Hair accessory - Sale bin at Le Chateau (you can find similar hair accessories at Ardene or here)
Bracelet - Can't remember... but a similar one can be found on etsy here
A Brief History Lesson
Jean Cocteau's La belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) from 1946 was the subject of one of my essays during my masters. One of the shocking effects the film maker creates is the dramatic contrast between light and dark, which produces a sort of transcendent mysticism unique only to his film. The artistic direction of the film echoes the work of artist Gustave Doré, who created illustrations of Charles Perrault's famous French fairy tales in sharp black and white.
The making of the film occurred during World War II, a time when film equipment was expensive and props were scarce. Cocteau's imagination and drive to produce this film is what kept the project moving forward. Unfortunately, the film was overlooked when first introduced at the Cannes film festival in 1946. The dream-like realm of the beast was in competition with the pastoral films that were hugely popular in post-war Europe. Nevertheless, not long after its introduction Cocteau's La belle et la bête became a classic. It's beauty inspired future film makers and even inspired Disney's retelling of the famous tale, originally written by Madame de Villeneuve in 1740 (Beaumont's shortened retelling was written in 1756). The following are screenshots from Cocteau's masterpiece.