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La belle noiseuse (1991)

Unrated | | Drama | 4 September 1991 (France)
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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.

Director:

Jacques Rivette

Writers:

Pascal Bonitzer (scenario), Christine Laurent (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michel Piccoli ... Edouard Frenhofer
Jane Birkin ... Liz
Emmanuelle Béart ... Marianne
Marianne Denicourt ... Julienne
David Bursztein David Bursztein ... Nicolas
Gilles Arbona Gilles Arbona ... Porbus
Marie Belluc Marie Belluc ... Magali
Marie-Claude Roger Marie-Claude Roger ... Françoise
Leïla Remili Leïla Remili ... La servante
Daphne Goodfellow Daphne Goodfellow ... Deux touristes
Susan Robertson Susan Robertson ... Deux touristes
Bernard Dufour Bernard Dufour ... La main du peintre
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Storyline

The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife in his countryside residence in the French Provence. When the young artist Nicolas visits him with his girlfriend Marianne, Frenhofer decides to start working again on a painting called 'La Belle Noiseuse', which he gave up a long time ago. And he wants Marianne as a model. The ensuing creative process will change the characters' lives. It will become a struggle for truth and meaning, and the question about the limits of art will arise. Written by Jens Bertheau <bertheau@mi-lab.fh-furtwangen.de>

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Taglines:

The torment of creating the naked beauty on canvas!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

4 September 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bela Impertinente See more »

Filming Locations:

Assas, Hérault, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,887, 26 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$408,571
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Runtime:

| (dvd)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title translates to "The Beautiful Troublemaker" or perhaps to "The Beautiful Provocateur." See more »

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When Porbus, Nicolas and Marianne approach Frenhofer's house for the first time, as they cross the street their shadows are towards the camera, but when they walk up the stairs, their shadows are now in front of them - a turnaround of about 135 degrees. See more »

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Short version (125 minutes, less nudity, brighter lighting, almost different takes and editing) titled "Divertimento" showing for TV, then released theatrically in 1993. See more »


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Agon
Music by Igor Stravinsky
Performed by Sinfonie-Orchester des Südwestfunks (as Orchestre de Südwestfunk de Baden-Baden)
Conducted by Hans Rosbaud
(avec l'autorisation des disques Adès)
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An interesting portrayal of the relationship between artists and models
12 January 2001 | by davidemartinSee all my reviews

Usually when films portray the relationship between artists and models, they transform it into some soap opera where the artist and model are trying decide whether to be romantically involved. This is NOT one of those films. Picon as the artist and the lovely Emmanuelle Beart as his reluctant model are both too busy wrestling with their own souls to wrestle with each other. Picon is a once-great artist who has been stuck in creative limbo for years, trying to create the one perfect painting. When Beart arrives, he hopes she may be the key to finally unlocking his skills, creating that painting, and regaining his self-with as an artist.

Emmanuelle Beart is dragged into the situation by her boyfriend volunteering her services. She is angry and disgusted at her boyfriend, the artist, and as is revealed, herself. She bares her body to the artist and the audience but more importantly, as the film progresses, she bares her soul. (By the way, Emmanuelle is nude for the majority of her scenes.) Few actresses could pull of the powerfully emotional scenes she does, stripped of clothing and pretense.

The film actually works quite well as a play. Most of the film takes place in the artist's studio and only involves the artist and model. Of course, if it were a play, you have difficulty watching the artist work. And that may be where the movie has pacing problems-- the camera is looking over the artist's shoulder as he draws and paints. The movie sometimes switching gears an becomes a straight, voiceless documentation of an artist actually at work. An an artist myself, I found this fascinating. BUT, as an artist myself, I really wish the director had chosen an artist with a more interesting style! I mean, a woman as lovely as Emmanuelle Beart deserves a Renoir and instead we get a Picasso.....


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