In the Eye of the Camera:
Jean Cocteau and Beauty and the Beast
May 27 - September 17, 2003
Lowenfeld Exhibition Hall
10th floor, Axinn Library
Guest Curator: David Pushkin, Assistant Professor of Fine Art
New College, Hofstra University
Poet, playwright, painter, novelist Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was a man of many talents, but he is perhaps best known for his contributions to film. In 1945, he directed Beauty and the Beast, based on the classical fairy tale by Madame Leprince de Beaumont of a gentle beast who falls in love with a beautiful girl. While the film remains true to the plot of the tale, Cocteau's interpretation is a surreal vision of longing, beauty, death and ascension.
The collection in this exhibition includes film and production stills. It is the first of three exhibitions to complement the conference, A Pen of Light: The Films of Jean Cocteau, presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy of New York, October 1-3, 2003.