When a merchant is told that he must die for picking a rose from the Beast’s garden, his courageous daughter offers to go back to the Beast in her father’s place. The Beast falls in love with her and proposes marriage. She refuses, but eventually, she is drawn to the repellent but strangely fascinating Beast. Mixing fantasy and realism, with undercurrents of eroticism, Cocteau took this classic fairy tale to a new level.
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