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The Beautiful Troublemaker

Jacques Rivette
La belle noiseuse
France, Switzerland 1991 / 238’
Gang of Four Up, Down, Fragile

A young painter named Nicolas dreams of meeting the famous Édouard Frenhofer. With the help of an art dealer, he and his girlfriend, Marianne, are taken to Frenhofer's house. The painter takes them to his studio, where he tells them about The Beautiful Troublemaker, a painting of his wife, Liz, that he abandoned 10 years earlier. They all agree that Marianne will be the new Beautiful Troublemaker. A loose adaptation of Balzac's novel The Unknown Masterpiece, focusing on the part that describes the relationship between the painter and his model. Rivette continues with his thoughts on the creative process and tensions between art and life.

Ariel Schweitzer


Cannes IFF 1991 – Grand Prize of the Jury, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention; French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1992 – Critics Award for Best Film; Kinema Junpo Awards 1993 – Best Foreign Language Film

Jacques Rivette

(1928 - 2016) Despite being a key member of the Nouvelle Vague, Jacques Rivette has languished in the shadows of his more renowned colleagues: Godard, Rohmer, Chabrol and Truffaut. Rivette's work is certainly demanding, but along with Godard, Rivette turns out to have been the most playful and innovative of a group who literally changed the face of filmmaking. Jacques Rivette was born in Rouen, France. In the fifties, he begin writing for the "Cahiers du Cinéma", which teamed him with Nouvelle Vague. In 1960 he directed his first feature film with Paris nous appartient (60). His filmography includes La ReligieuseL'Amour fouDuelleLa Bande des quatre and La Belle Noiseuse.

Selected filmography

1960 Paryż należy do nas / Paris nous appartient / Paris Belongs to Us

1966 Zakonnica / La Religieuse / The Nun

1968 Miłość szalona / L'Amour fou

1974 Celine i Julie płyną statkiem / Céline et Julie vont en bateau / Celine and Julie Go Boating

1976 Duelle / Twiligt

1988 Banda czterech / La Bande des quatre / Gang of Four

1991 Piękna złośnica / La Belle Noiseuse

1998 Ściśle tajne / Secret défense / Secret Defense

2001 Kto wie / Va savoir / Who Knows

2007 Ne touchez pas la hache / Don't Touch the Axe

Cast & Crew

director Jacques Rivette
screenplay Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette (based on a novella by Honoré de Balzac)
cinematography William Lubtchansky
editing Nicole Lubtchansky
sound Florian Eidenbenz
cast Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Béart, Marianne Denicourt, David Bursztein
producer Martine Marignac
production Pierre Grise Productions, George Reinhart Productions, FR3 Films Production, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Canal+, Investimage 2 et 3, Région Languedoc-Roussillon
sales Tamasa
language French, English
colouration colour