Festival de Cannes 70: La Belle Noiseuse, 1991

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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La Belle Noiseuse, masterly and leisurely directed by Jacques Rivette, has garnered a reputation over the years since it’s 1991 release perhaps as prestigious as the corner of the art world it depicts. An excruciating portrayal of a painter (Michel Piccoli) and a new found inspiration to complete unfinished work, Rivette allows us to practically take the journey of the creative force, the brush strokes, the body language, not to mention the infamous amount of time we see Emmanuelle Béart in the nude. La Belle Noiseuse clocks in at nearly 4 hours in total running time, which does of course imply that through it’s style of laborious film-making it may feel that long. Attention span aside, there is a rich tapestry of beauty and pain-staking effort here. On the flip side there is a 2 hour alternative version from Rivette subtitle Divertimento. At the 1991 Cannes Film Festival the film won the Grand Prix.

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