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Release Date:
4 September 1991 (France) See more »
The torment of creating the naked beauty on canvas!
The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Jacques Rivette 
Writing credits
Pascal Bonitzer (scenario) and
Christine Laurent (scenario) and
Jacques Rivette (scenario)

Honoré de Balzac (inspired by novella "Le chef-d'oeuvre inconnu") (as Balzac)

Pascal Bonitzer (dialogue) and
Christine Laurent (dialogue)

Produced by
Martine Marignac .... producer
Maurice Tinchant .... associate producer
Cinematography by
William Lubtchansky 
Film Editing by
Nicole Lubtchansky 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny 
Costume Design by
Laurence Struz 
Makeup Department
Susan Robertson .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Olivier Guespin .... assistant unit manager
Catherine Martin .... assistant unit manager
Clément Sentilhes .... assistant unit manager
Janou Shammas .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Billiotte .... second assistant director
Lorraine Groleau .... first assistant director
Art Department
Denis Busson .... assistant art director
Thomas Pitre .... assistant art director
Valérie Segond .... assistant art director (as Valérie Second)
Jean-Michel Simonet .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Florian Eidenbenz .... sound
Brice Leboucq .... sound assistant
Bernard Leroux .... sound mixer (as Bernard Le Roux)
Camera and Electrical Department
Barry Davis .... electrician
Laurent Duquesnoy .... grip
Thierry Fonteny .... grip
Philippe Gibier .... electrician
Jim Howe .... electrician
Moune Jamet .... still photographer
Jean-Bernard Josko .... grip
Laetitia Masson .... assistant camera
Christophe Pollock .... assistant camera
Stéphane Thiry .... electrician
Editorial Department
Anne Mills .... assistant editor
Other crew
Danièle Gain .... press agent (as Danielle Gain)
Odile Huhardeux .... production secretary
Sylvie Magnac .... production secretary
Lydie Mahias .... script
Jean Talvat .... production administrator

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Also Known As:
"The Beautiful Troublemaker" - International (English title) (promotional title)
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238 min | South Korea:228 min (dvd)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Shortly before his death, legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa named La belle noiseuse as one of his 2 favorite movies made in the 1990s (the other being Fireworks by Takeshi Kitano), calling it the best filmed display of a struggle of an artist doing his craft and a cinematic piece he would have liked to direct himself.See more »
Continuity: In Frenhofer's studio, the position of Marianne's legs changes between the long shot (right leg bent and forward) and close shot (left leg bent and forward) when Frenhofer is telling them that they will be unhappy as well.See more »
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44 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
not just arty twaddle, 23 September 1999
Author: eastie from Tokyo, Japan

A young artist and his girlfriend run into an aging master who has not painted for many years. It emerges that he stopped in the middle of a painting of his wife which threatened to destroy his marriage. Why this should be so is not at first clear. Over time, however, as the young artist's girlfriend poses for the older artist so that he can finish the painting, it becomes apparent quite how emotionally demanding the artistic process is.

Many people seem to find this film boring or pretentious. It's a matter of taste I guess. I found the long sections of the artist sketching his model extremely compelling. Even if you can't imagine this, give the film a try. I have a friend who hates arty films, particularly if they're in a foreign language. His favourite film is the Rock, yet he started watching this (with the sole aim of seeing Emmanuelle Beart in the buff, which she is for most of the movie) and ended up sitting through the whole four hours. It has a genuinely hypnotic quality.

Aside from the debate about the art sections of the film, its content is superb. The characters are real, interesting and beautifully played. The Beart character in particular is a wonderful depiction of someone who is deeply scarred, but erects a powerful veneer of independence to protect herself. As the artist sketches her from every angle, he gradually gets under her defences, until her entire personality is exposed on canvas. I know this sounds really pretentious, but this film effectively argues that what marks out a masterpiece is that someone's soul - either the artist's or the model's - is put on canvas, and in the process, they and the people close to them are affected irrevocably. Ultimately, the only real flaw in this film is, I'm informed, that the sketches themselves aren't actually that good. If you're like me and have a limited sensitivity to such things, this shouldn't bother you. If not, try not to let it spoil a beautiful, rewarding and profoundly satisfying movie.

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