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(aka 'The Beautiful Troublemaker')

directed by Jacques Rivette
France 1991

A direct investigation of the creative artistic process as Edouard Frenhofer (Michel Piccoli) observes and puts to canvas Marianne (Emmanuelle Béart) in an open and expressive vision that also discreetly exposes the relationship of model and artist. A long film by most standards La Belle Noiseuse seems to have not a wasted a single frame in its indulgence regardless of the minimal plot. Possibly my favorite Rivette film for a number of valid reasons. The expressions of body language are deeply felt through many scenes, especially those in which dialogue is minimal. I strongly recommend viewing and immersing yourself in this, often unseen, world. A true masterpiece of cinema. out of     

Gary W. Tooze

 

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Theatrical Release: September 4th, 1991 - France

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DVD Comparison:

Artificial Eye (2 disc) - Region 2 - PAL vs. New Yorker  (2 disc) -  Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Artificial Eye Screen Caps!

(Artificial Eye (2 disc) - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. New Yorker  (2 disc) -  Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 2:09:00 (Disc1) + 139:51(Disc 2) = 3:48:51 2:08:24 (Disc 1) + 1:39:42 (Disc 2) = 3:48:06
Video

1.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.67 mb/s (both DVDs)
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

NY'er

Disc 1

 

Bitrate:

 

Ny'er

Disc 2

 

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) 

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) 

Subtitles English, and none English, and none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye Film Company

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.30:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical trailer (4:3 - 1:02)
• Interview with director Jacques Rivette (13:26, 4:3 - removable English subs)
• Interview with co-writers Pascal Bonitzer and Christine Laurent(21:09, 4:3 - removable English subs)
• Number of discs: 2 (1 DUAL layered , 1 single layered)

DVD Release Date: June 30, 2003

Keep Case
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.30:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical trailer (4:3 - 1:02)
• Interview with director Jacques Rivette (13:26, 4:3 - removable English subs)
• Interview with co-writers Pascal Bonitzer and Christine Laurent(21:09, 4:3 - removable English subs)

• Filmography
• Number of discs: 2 (1 DUAL layered , 1 single layered)

DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004

Keep Case
Chapters: 24

Comments: The New Yorker disc was again taken from a PAL source (check times) and there will be inherent artifact deficiencies because of that - although I honestly did not notice many when I was watching the Region 1 DVD. It is obvious that it is a direct port of the Artificial Eye disc, with the same menus and extra features. Only thing added is a filmography (text screens). The Artificial Eye Region 2 DVD is sharper, but because it's so dark and low lit, the picture becomes very muddy... as do the colors. The AE contrast is superior. Subtitles are larger on the New Yorker disc (even in the interviews). Unless you are sensitive to the AE darkness (or NY'er brightness) and find the removable subs and issue (font size) then our suggestion is to but the most inexpensive version you have access to. The sharpness and contrast are pretty much negligible. We hope there is a superior version on the horizon. 

 - Gary W. Tooze


Recommended Reading in French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson Robert Bresson (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 2)
by James Quandt
The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

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Image:

Artificial Eye (for slight sharpness)

Sound:

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Extras: Ny'er for filmography addition
Menu: tie

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