Picks and Pans Review: Faerie Tale Theatre: Beauty and the Beast

updated 08/13/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/13/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Monday, August 13, 8 p.m. ET)

The latest in Shelley Duvall's sterling series breaks the mold. It's not quite as frivolous, frenetic and fun as the others, but it's just as good. Susan (Atlantic City) Sarandon is Beauty, who saves her father's life by visiting the ugly beast, Klaus Kinski. You can't see Kinski for all his makeup (fangs and fur), but you can hear his devilish German accent and see his eerie eyes; he acts ugly. "You find me very repulsive," Kinski says to Sarandon, and she doesn't disagree. When he's late for one of their weird dates, she scolds him; he grovels and says, "Thank you, Beauty, for noticing." Sarandon comes to see him for the poor shlub he is, and she even finds him sexy—the Woody Allen effect at work. The story turns sad before its happy ending, but it stays charming.

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