|La Beauté du diable|
Beauty and the Devil
|Directed by||René Clair|
|Written by||René Clair|
|Produced by||Salvo D'Angelo|
|Edited by||James Cuenet|
|Music by||Roman Vlad|
|Distributed by||Les Films Corona (France)|
|Box office||2,538,884 admissions (France)|
La Beauté du diable (literally "the beauty of the devil"; originally released in the UK and USA as Beauty and the Devil) is a 1950 Franco-Italian fantasy film drama directed by René Clair. A tragicomedy with allegorical meaning, set in the early 19th century, it is about an ageing alchemist, Henri Faust, who is given the chance to be eternally young by the devil Mephistopheles.
- Michel Simon as Mephistopheles / Old Professor Henri Faust
- Gérard Philipe as Young Henri Faust / Young-looking Mephistopheles
- Nicole Besnard as Marguerite, the gypsy girl
- Raymond Cordy as Antoine, the servant
- Simone Valère as La Princesse
- Carlo Ninchi as Le Prince
- Gaston Modot as Gypsy
- Tullio Carminati as Diplomat
- Paolo Stoppa as Official
Release and reception
In 2013, the Cohen Film Collection released the Beauty and the Devil on DVD and Blu-ray. Besides the film, which was reconstructed (with bad audio), the film offers a 2010 documentary on the film itself. Ian Jane of the DVDTalk said in his closing comments regarding the Blu-ray release: "Beauty Of The Devil is slick, it's stylish and it's wonderfully shot meaning that not only is the creative way in which the story is told compelling and interesting but that it is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the mind. The performances are good and Clair does some interesting things with his take on the story of Faust. This may be an atypical take on the classic tale, but it works incredibly well."
The film was nominated or Best Film at the 1951 BAFTA Awards and won two awards at the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists with a Silver Ribbon Best Actor award going to Michel Simon and best Best Production Design to Aldo Tommasini and Léon Barsacq.