La Belle Noiseuse

02004-10-19 | Uncategorized | 3 comments

Great French movie. 240 minutes long. That’s 4 full hours – this information provided for mathematically challenged. Best viewed in parts, or with an espresso machine nearby. Fantastic movie. Possibly the best depiction of the struggle to bring a painting into the world. That struggle could easily be applied to all art. The fight with the muse, the fight with oneself. The doubt. The arrogance. More doubt. And then at last… Ah, the ending of this movie is brilliant!!

And – I disagree with the IMDB – I would give it 8.5 instead of the 7.5 out of 10…

The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife on his countryside residence in the French Provence. When the young artist Nicolas visits him with his girlfriend Marianne, Frenhofer decides to start again the work on a painting he long ago stopped: La Belle Noiseuse. And he wants Marianne as model. The now starting creative process changes life for everyone. It is a struggle for truth, life and sense, and the question where the limits of arts are or whether art is limitless.

At least Michel Piccoli gets to fight with Emmanuelle Béart… instead of just fighting the muse…


  1. Adam Solomon

    Hmmmm, I think I have a choice between “Team America: World Police” and this movie? :P Maybe I’ll pick up the DVD, sounds quite good! :)

  2. Borya

    Good recommendation. I go for it. See if I can get it here to a reasonable price. And hopefully can watch it in French then.

  3. painted postcards

    I just got the tape, will be nice to watch a favorite subject in my own laguage too.
    this will be a saturday afternoon project. Thanks for the tip


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