La belle noiseuse 1991
"La Belle Noiseuse" is legendary Jacques Rivette's intimately epic exploration of the convergence between artistry and eroticism. Edouard Frenhofer is a reclusive painter living in the French countryside with his wife. Their lives are radically upended with the arrival of a younger artist and his girlfriend, who becomes the muse that awakens Edouard's fading passions. Rivette creates a layered character study, while also offering an immersive meditation on the creative process.

The vast majority of "La Belle Noiseuse" takes place in and around the estate of Frenhofer, a recluse master painter who brings an end to his ten year hiatus from his art near the film’s beginning. What makes it exceptional, and probably the best film ever to examine a painter, is that we are privy to every step of his rebirth. Over four long hours, Rivette examines each aspect of his creative progression, from the most inane physical logistics to the fleeting moments of inspiration that power the artist through his rough spots.

Winner of the Grand Prix at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, "La Belle Noiseuse" is largely considered the best of French New Wave director Jacques Rivette's films. This is a movie about the making of a masterpiece which is itself a masterpiece, one of the truly great movies about artistic creation.

Director: Jacques Rivette
Cast: Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Beart, Marianne Denicourt, David Bursztein
Country: France, Switzerland
Genre: Drama

2xBD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 02:14:28 + 01:44:16 | 77.8 Gb + 15.3 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Francais
Subtitles: English

• Feature Length Audio Commentary Track by Film Historian Richard Suchenski
• Interview with Director Jacques Rivette (13:28)
• Interview with Co-Writers Pascal Bonitzer and Christine Laurent (21:10)
• 2017 Re Release Trailer