La Belle Noiseuse
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rivette's superb sense of rhythm and mise en scene never falters, and the plot has plenty of twists."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Some movies are worlds that we can sink into, and La Belle Noiseuse is one of them."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Like all great works of art, the film has a purity of line and structure as it plays out its theme."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A four-hour French masterpiece about the creative process of an artist"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"As impeccably shot as its subject deserves, the film is more accessible than most of Rivette's work, with characteristically playful passing nods to the relationship between life and performance."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The underlying ideas may be a little droopy, but they're staged in such exacting, private terms that they are redeemed."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Jacques Rivette's much praised Cannes Grand Prize winner vacillates between genuine insight and didactic mystique-of-the-artist bull****."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"One of the best movies about painting."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"By methodically examining the rigors and contemplation that go into creating great art, French New Wave master Jacques Rivette, has created something of a masterpiece himself."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Hypnotically beautiful."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"What's good about the film is the sense of real evolution, of believable character change, instead of the Speedy Gonzalez transformations movie characters usually experience. What's also good is a realistic feel for the act of creation."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"I won't explain what happens with the masterpiece; even at four hours, the film cooks up a certain amount of suspense and surprise."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The characters are unsympathetic, the circumstances are hard to relate to, the dialogue is laboured and the running time brutal. But there is also a surfeit of intelligence and beauty (in technical filmmaking terms) in Rivette's difficult film."
‑ , Film4
"Obviously, the film is aimed at a fairly narrow audience -- primarily the art community. But the passion felt during those painting-and-posing sequences reaches a much broader spectrum."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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