La Belle Noiseuse

1991, 238m, DCP, France

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Threading the needle between narrative film about an artist and a documentary of artmaking, Jacques Rivette infuses his Balzac adaptation with erotic tension and suspenseful drama. All-but-retired painter Michel Piccoli, living en Provence with wife and onetime muse Jane Birkin, becomes inspired by visitor Emmanuelle Béart. He picks up the brush once again as his newly anointed model poses nude for the duration. We are presenting Rivette’s film, gorgeously restored in its original uncut four-hour form, which caused a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival and which was named Best Foreign Film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. A Cohen Film Collection release

In French with English subtitles

North American theatrical premiere engagement of 4K restoration | 25th anniversary

A film by Jacques Rivette

The best film I have ever seen about the physical creation of art.”

Roger Ebert