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A beautiful 'Beast'

October 13, 2002|Kenneth Turan

A remarkable print of Jean Cocteau's 1946 Beauty and the Beast, struck in France for the 100th anniversary of cinema, has reached this country.

Writer-director Cocteau's "Beauty" gets its strength from the restraint of his version. "Children believe what we tell them," he writes in the film's prologue. "I ask of you a little of this childlike simplicity." It will be richly rewarded.

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Nuart Theater, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. Through Thursday. (310) 478-6379.

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