La Belle Noiseuse

"Very Good"

La Belle Noiseuse Review


Fine art's a funny thing that I barely pretend to understand. In this molasses-slow four-hour drama, Jacques Rivette proves that he's got an understanding of fine art, but a minimal one of the art of movies. Four hours of sketching, painting, and posing a naked Emmanuelle Béart has a certain summer-in-the-south-of-France charm to it, but that can't drag us through 240 full minutes. The story is threadbare: Old artist, young visitor, his girlfriend becomes the old artist's model -- and together they figure out that neither of them is really in charge of the artistic process. Lots of self-discovery and philosophizing along the way. Very French, and actually much more capable of being enjoyed at a setting of x2 speed on your DVD player.


Facts and Figures

Run time: 238 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 4th September 1991

Production compaines: Canal+, Pierre Grise Productions, George Reinhart Productions, FR3 Films Production, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 23

IMDB: 7.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Edouard Frenhofer, as Liz, as Marianne, as Julienne, as Nicolas, Gilles Arbona as Porbus, Marie Belluc as Magali, Marie-Claude Roger as Françoise, Bernard Dufour as La main du peintre, Leïla Remili as La servante, Daphne Goodfellow as Une touriste, Susan Robertson as Une touriste

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