LA BELLE NOISEUSE REVIEWED
“La Belle Noiseuse” is another movie about old male artists being inspired by young women betrothed to others. Whether it’s international fare or American films, that trope never seems to die. So, what do we make of it? Well, over the next four hours…you’re going to learn in aching detail. Akira Kurosawa once called the movie the best film about an artist dealing with craft struggles. I see it as a movie that was shot without script.
If you look at the free-flowing nature of the film, its lack of concrete dialogue only contributes to the American malaise to this movie. Honestly, it’s all in the difference between how the French revere cinema and how Americans seek entertainment. While all filmed art requires different levels of dedication from the viewer, asking for complete loyalty to a never-happening narrative for four hours is a bridge too far. I’ve hung with Warhol, Brakhage and more. Yet, promises of flesh are pushing my tolerance levels here.
In this day and age, it’s a bit too much to hang with an artist and muse intellectually jerking it. Film demands more. Still, I liked having the opportunity to visit this happening.
- 1.37:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 2.0