What Are You Watching?: In praise of Faerie Tale Theatre

What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club‘s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.

This is a cheat, but not too long ago, I had to review the newish French version of Beauty And The Beast, which made me think of a very weird adaptation of the story that Roger Vadim directed for Faerie Tale Theatre, the offbeat children’s series that actress Shelley Duvall created and hosted for Showtime in the 1980s. Vadim was a playboy and failed novelist of White Russian parentage (born Vadim Plemiannikov) who prided himself on having lost his virginity on D-Day, seemed to have known just about everyone, and is now best remembered for directing And God Created Woman and Barbarella and for marrying or impregnating a succession of beautiful movie stars. His “Beauty And The Beast” is …

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