"La Belle Noiseuse"
Directed by Jacques Rivette
Rivette's ambitious masterpiece explores the artistic process in terms of
both its transcendent power and its potential for exploitation and
destructiveness. The core of the film is the confrontation between Frenhofer,
a renowned but inactive painter, and a model (played by Emmanuelle Beart).
It begins in wary hostility, escalates into a pitched battle of wills, and
ends as a true collaboration, with each driving the other to dangerous
limits. "One of the finest films ever made about art" (Gene Siskel,
Chicago Tribune). Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film
Festival. Cinematography by William Lubtchansky. Loosely inspired by the
Balzac short story The Unknown Masterpiece. With Michel Piccoli and
Bernard Dufour. French with English subtitles.