La Belle Noiseuse
|La Belle Noiseuse|
Region 1 DVD cover
|Directed by||Jacques Rivette|
Le Chef-d'œuvre inconnu|
by Honoré de Balzac
|Music by||Igor Stravinsky|
|Edited by||Nicole Lubtchansky|
Pierre Grise Productions
|Language||French / English|
A reclusive famous painter, Frenhofer (Piccoli), lives quietly with his wife and former model (Birkin) in a rambling château in rural Languedoc-Roussillon. When a young artist visits him with his girlfriend, Marianne (Béart), Frenhofer is inspired to commence work once more on a painting he long ago abandoned—La Belle Noiseuse—using Marianne as his model. The film painstakingly explores Frenhofer's creative rebirth. It uses lengthy real-time takes of the artist's hand (provided by Bernard Dufour) working on paper and canvas.
The film had a good critical reception, and occasioned much comment on Béart's extensive onscreen nudity and director Rivette's characteristic use of a long running time (in this case, roughly four hours).
Rivette used alternate takes from the film and made changes in the scene order to produce a shorter, 125-minute version, La Belle Noiseuse: Divertimento, for television. It was also released theatrically in some countries.
- Michel Piccoli as Édouard Frenhofer
- Jane Birkin as Liz
- Emmanuelle Béart as Marianne
- Marianne Denicourt as Julienne
- David Bursztein as Nicolas
- Gilles Arbona as Porbus
- Marie Belluc as Magali
- Marie-Claude Roger as Françoise
- Leïla Remili as a maid
- Daphne Goodfellow as a tourist
- Susan Robertson as a tourist
- Bernard Dufour as the painter's hand
- "Festival de Cannes: La Belle Noiseuse". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- "La Belle Noiseuse (1991)". Chicago Sun-Times.
- Rivette, Jacques; De Pascale, Goffredo (2003). Jacques Rivette (in Italian). Il Castoro. ISBN 88-8033-256-2.