Beauty and the Devil

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.

La Beauté du diable
Beauty and the Devil
original movie poster
Directed byRené Clair
Produced bySalvo D'Angelo
Written byRené Clair
Armand Salacrou
StarringMichel Simon
Gérard Philipe
Nicole Besnard
Simone Valère
Carlo Ninchi
Music byRoman Vlad
CinematographyMichel Kelber
Edited byJames Cuenet
Distributed byLes 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
CountryFrance, Italy
Box office2,538,884 admissions (France)[1]



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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