La Belle Noiseuse
La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

In 1991, the master French director Jacques Rivette released one of his most acclaimed works- the four-hour La Belle noiseuse. It was a fascinating and unconventional examination of the creative process, about an artist named Edouard… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 4, 1991
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
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Time Out

It's a lighter film, but by no means slighter, more like the difference between a Henry James short story and an extended performance piece.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Hypnotically beautiful.

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TV Guide

Like all great works of art, the film has a purity of line and structure as it plays out its theme.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Rivette's superb sense of rhythm and mise en scene never falters, and the plot has plenty of twists.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Some movies are worlds that we can sink into, and La Belle Noiseuse is one of them.

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

Jacques Rivette's much praised Cannes Grand Prize winner vacillates between genuine insight and didactic mystique-of-the-artist bull****.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The underlying ideas may be a little droopy, but they're staged in such exacting, private terms that they are redeemed.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I won't explain what happens with the masterpiece; even at four hours, the film cooks up a certain amount of suspense and surprise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Morris
La Belle Nosieuse is fours long, slow moving and mezmerizing. I wish I knew how Jacques Rivette pulls that off. The story of a blocked elderly genius artist… More
John Ballantine
An absolutely fascinating look at an artist inspired by beautiful woman to deliver more art when the muse is not quite ready to be as museful as he might like.
Mark Abell
Action? None. Plot? No. Dialogue? Not much. And yet, I found it fascinating to watch the creative process. I enjoyed watching the two main characters interact.… More
Doctor Strangeblog
You're seeing that correctly, this is a 4 hour film. Four hours! In the same time it took two half-pints to cross hazardous terrain on foot and destroy a… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"La Belle Noiseuse" and "L'Enfer" are two French movies starring Emmanuelle Beart, directed by two very different… More
Daisy Maduro
La Belle Noiseuse took me 2 days to finish it. Simple it was a 4 hour movie and wanted to take my time to watch it complete and take every detail the movie… More