Throughout the film, there is the use of humans in place of real world artifacts, such as lamps, statues and candle holders. This gives the film both an eerie sense of people watching you, but also a very whimsical and theatrical feel that the artifacts are there to help you and serve you.
Another noticeable aspect of the film is the theatrical lighting that is used to emphasise the mood of a scene or help to enlarge or shrink some of the set to create more interesting spaces. A lot of the lighting throughout the film is based solely on the characters faces when they are thinking or talking, this is mostly to help the audience follow who is the main person in that scene and what the main focus is, if a scene has more to it then the lighting will change and expand to show more of the surroundings.
Considering the date in which La Belle et la Bete came out, there is a lot of trick photography and effects that are used to help simulate a dream like world in the Beasts castle; Beauty seeming to glide through doors and skimming across floors, the necklace of pearls that turns into something horrible when the other sister touches it and the movements of objects within the castle that all have an airy and floaty feel about them all add to the effect of the castle and the way the audience interprets it. 'Even the film's simple (non-digital) camera tricks can still shock, as when Belle attempts to give a beautiful pearl necklace to her sister and it turns into a hunk of rotted vine.' (Anderson, 2011) Anderson mentions the necklace and the effect that the camera tricks still have on the audience, simplistic camera tricks can help create a surreal environment, which was done with Beasts castle.
Figure 1 - http://fnac.toutlecine.com/images/film/0014/00141326.html
Figure 2 - http://www.rangerpulse.com/?p=975
Figure 3 - http://dudummesau.com/2011/09/11/klaus-kinski-call-me-beast/
Maryann Johanson. In: http://www.flickfilosopher.com/ [online] At: http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2002/08/beauty_and_the_beast_la_belle.html (Accessed on: 12/11/12)
Mike Lorefice. In: http://www.rbmoviereviews.com/ [online] At: http://www.rbmoviereviews.com/movies/best1946.html#bete (Accessed on: 12/11/12)
Jeffery Anderson. In: http://www.combustiblecelluloid.com [online] At: http://www.combustiblecelluloid.com/classic/bellebete.shtml (Accessed on: 12/11/12)