''Beauty and the Beast'' (''La Belle et la BÍte'') is a French film directed by Jean Cocteau, based on the fairytale "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast". It's particularly noted for its visual design, which has influenced several subsequent versions of the story.
This retelling adds the character of Avenant, a villainous suitor who is beautiful on the outside and ugly on the inside, contrasting with the Beast who is ugly on the outside and beautiful on the inside. This version may or may not be the first to include this character, but it's certainly the codifier.
The film was originally released in France in 1946, and received its US debut in 1947.
You may have been looking for ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the Disney animated feature based on this fairy tale.
!!This film provides examples of:
* ActingForTwo: Jean Marais plays both Avenant and the Beast, as well as the prince after the Beast transforms back into a human at the end.
* MindScrew: The ending.
* PivotalWakeup: A version without the usual sinister connotations occurs during the Beast's transformation at the end.
* PrinceCharmingWannabe: Avenant.
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: The Beast and Avenant.