(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


Theatrical Release: September 4th, 1991 - France

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DVD Review: New Yorker  (2 disc) -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 2:08:24 (Disc 1) + 1:39:42 (Disc 2) = 3:48:06
Video 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.


Disc 1


Disc 2

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) 
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio):
Full Screen (Standard) - 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 29, 2004

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Chapters: 24


Some fine effort put into this Ny'er DVD. The image has their typical slight greenish haze to it, but otherwise is fine. I cannot tell whether a PAL transfer was used (it was see HERE), but I did not see ghosting or other inherent artifacts. Clear, removable subtitles. Good audio. Super extras with both a Rivette interview and one with Pascal Bonitzer and Christine Laurent. There is a Region 2 edition of the film out by Artificial Eye and it looks as though the NY'er is a port of it with the same extras and features (also split over 2 discs). I'm sure we will compare at some point in the near future (We have - see HERE). As it stands - a brilliant film brought to Region 1 (NTSC) by New Yorker. For that we should be thankful. out of .

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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