La Belle Noiseuse

La Belle Noiseuse

Director: Jacques Rivette Cast: Michel Piccoli, Emmanuelle Béart, Jane Birkin

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In this fascinating and unconventional examination of the creative process, an artist near the end of his career finds new inspiration in a young model. Edouard Frenhofer (Michel Piccoli) is a famous and well-respected artist who lives in a comfortable estate in the French countryside. At the age of 60, Frenhofer considers his career as a painter to be over; he says he no longer feels any inspiration to create, and his last attempt at a major work, a nude study of his wife Liz (Jane Birkin) called "La Belle Noiseuse" (the Beautiful Nuisance), has sat unfinished for ten years. Just as Frenhofer has lost his enthusiasm for his art, he has also lost his passion for Liz; their relationship is polite and friendly, but without enthusiasm. When Frenhofer tells Nicolas (David Bursztein), his young protégé, that he no longer feels the desire to paint, Nicolas suggests that he needs a more inspiring subject, and he offers his girlfriend Marianne (Emmanuelle Béart) as a model. Frenhofer is taken with Marianne's beauty, and, with Liz's cool approval, he and Marianne spend several arduous sessions together, exchanging ideas and opinions as Frenhofer methodically attempts to create a final masterpiece. While La Belle Noiseuse runs 240 minutes, director Jacques Rivette also prepared an alternate version, La Belle Noiseuse - Divertimento, which runs 120 minutes, features a different framing sequence, and incorporates takes unused in the original cut.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2018
UPC: 0741952843092
Original Release: 1991
Source: Cohen Media Group
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 3:58:00

Special Features

Feature length Audio Commentary track by film historian Richard Suchenski; Interview with Director Jacques Rivette; Interview with Co-Writers Pascal Bonitzer and Christine Laurent

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michel Piccoli Edouard Frenhofer
Emmanuelle Béart Marianne
Jane Birkin Liz
David Bursztein Nicolas
Marianne Denicourt Julienne
Gilles Arbona Porbus
Marie-Claude Roger Francoise
Bernard Dufour Painter's Hand
Susan Robertson Tourist

Technical Credits
Jacques Rivette Director,Screenwriter
Pascal Bonitzer Screenwriter
Emmanuel de Chauvigny Production Designer
Florian Eidenbenz Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Grise Producer
Christine Laurent Screenwriter
Nicole Lubtchansky Editor
William Lubtchansky Cinematographer
Martine Mariganc Producer
Susan Robertson Makeup
Laurence Struz Costumes/Costume Designer
Maurice Tinchant Associate Producer

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