La Belle Noiseuse: Divertimento

  • Dir: Jacques Rivette

  • France, 1995, French, 130min, DCP

  • Cast: Michel Piccoli, Emmanuelle Béart, Jane Birkin

Loosely inspired by a Balzac short story, La Belle Noiseuse: Divertimento is the shorter, two-hour version of the Cannes-winning masterpiece, made from different takes specifically intended for an alternate cinematic rhythm and structure. Michel Piccoli stars as Frenhofer, a reclusive master painter who lives in a country manor with his wife and former model Liz (Jane Birkin). Inspired by his meeting with a young artist’s girlfriend, Marianne (Emmanuelle Béart), Frenhofer restarts his long-abandoned masterpiece, one which had begun as a portrait of his wife. As Frenhofer and Marianne meet in the studio, the shaping of an image also reforms both artist and muse, uncovering traces while painting over them in increasingly capricious ways. Rivette’s discerning portrayal of the creative process merits a worthwhile revisit in this playful doppelgänger.

22.5.2018 (Tue): Post-screening talk with Kiki Fung



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