La Belle et la Bête and Querelle
13 December 2011
As part of our Classic Tuesday film series, we will be showing La Belle et la Bête at 6.30pm this evening. It was the first feature film by French director, Jean Cocteau, who is probably most well known for the 1930's The Blood of a Poet which is said to have set the scene for the avant-garde.
La Belle et la Bête is a strange film to say the least, and certainly influenced by Cocteau's links to his fellow surrealists Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali. It features scenes of a candelabra made from human hands as well as a fantastic castle where the beast lives, all back dropped with a haunting soundtrack.
Buy your tickets for La Belle et la Bête online, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 0871 902 5737. Tickets cost £5 or £4 for members and concessions.
On Wednesday at 6.30pm we will be showing Querelle as the last film in our Eurotrash Film Series. It was the final film from controversial director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, released after his untimely death in 1982, and an adaptation of Jean Genet's homoerotic novel, Querelle of Brest.
The film is about a scoundrel of a sailor called Querelle who is on leave in the port of Brest, a place which seems to have a permanent sunset. He starts to frequent a strange whorehouse where he plays dice with interesting rules. If he wins, he gets to make love with the lady owner, Lysaine. If he loses, he must make love with her husband. In this sexually charged atmosphere, Querelle's mind is opened as he undergoes a journey of self-discovery.