La belle noiseuse
1990, Jacques Rivette, France, 238 min. With Michel Piccoli, Emmanuelle Béart. Jane Birkin.
- Fri, Jan 19th 2:00pm
- Sat, Jan 20th 2:00pm
★★★★ "The best film I have ever seen about the physical creation of art, and about the painful bond between an artist and his muse." — Roger Ebert
"Spellbinding...Rivette's superb sense of rhythm and mise en scene never falters, and the plot has plenty of twists. With exquisite cinematography by William Lubtchansky, beautiful location work in the south of France." — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
An exhilaratingly ambitious reflection on art, LA BELLE NOISEUSE (rough translation: "the beautiful troublemaker") centers on the psychological duel between an aging painter (Piccoli) and his reluctant model (Béart), which begins in wary hostility, escalates into a pitched battle of wills, and ends as a true collaboration, with each driving the other to dangerous limits. Twisting the model's glorious nudity into a series of tortuous poses, the artist seeks to bring out the skeleton beneath the flesh, the essence beyond the body, and, ultimately, the wellsprings of creation itself. In French with English subtitles. New 4K DCP digital restoration. Note: There will be a 10-minute intermission. (MR)