Simple Magic: La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and the Beast)
One of the defining events of my childhood was the season the local public television station ran a series of World Cinema Classics. It was around the same time I saw Play it Again, Sam (movie moment 1). This is when I first saw movies such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Seven Samurai, and Jean Cocteau's La Belle et La Bête (1946).
The magic of handheld candelabras bursting into flame as Beauty (Josette Day) enters the Beast's castle is unsurpassed. Like so many low-tech effects, it was achieved with a simple technique: Cocteau filmed each candle blowing out, and then ran the film in reverse.