Unrated | | Drama
The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored.
Shortly before his death, legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa named La belle noiseuse as one of his 2 favorite movies made in the 1990s (the other being Fireworks by Takeshi Kitano), calling it the best filmed display of a struggle of an artist doing his craft and a cinematic piece he would have liked to direct himself.
In Frenhofer's studio, the position of Marianne's legs changes between the long shot (right leg bent and forward) and close shot (left leg bent and forward) when Frenhofer is telling them that they will be unhappy as well.
Tous les dessins et peintures d'Edouard Frenhofer sont l'oeuvre de Bernard Dufour. All the drawings and paintings of Edouard Frenhofer are the work of Bernard Dufour.
Short version (125 minutes, less nudity, brighter lighting, almost different takes and editing) titled "Divertimento" showing for TV, then released theatrically in 1993.
French, English, Hebrew
$1,887 26 November 2017