Once upon a time… Four words that transport any viewer, reader or listener into a story from long ago and a world far away. Four words that immediately indicate a fairy tale, but what are fairy tales? Stories told to children that serve to illuminate morals and ethics? Or is it some sort of whimsical fantasy that distracts us from the cruel, hash reality before us? If done well, and watched with a sense of childlike wonder, a fairy tale can be both, and few have done it as well as Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film, The Beauty and the Beast. The … Continue reading THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST