Beauty and the Devil

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La Beauté du diable
Beauty and the Devil
La Beauté du diable.jpg
original movie poster
Directed by René Clair
Produced by Salvo D'Angelo
Written by René Clair
Armand Salacrou
Starring Michel Simon
Gérard Philipe
Nicole Besnard
Simone Valère
Carlo Ninchi
Music by Roman Vlad
Cinematography Michel Kelber
Edited by James Cuenet
Distributed by Les Films Corona (France)
ENIC (Italy)
Release date
  • 16 March 1950 (1950-03-16) (France)
  • 14 April 1950 (1950-04-14) (Italy)
Running time
96 minutes
Country France, Italy
Language French

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 who is given the chance to be eternally young by the devil Mephistopheles.



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.


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