Sunday, 29 December
La belle noiseuse (4 hours long, starts at 7pm)
LA BELLE NOISEUSE 1991
(The Beautiful Troublemaker)
Directed by Jacques Rivette
In French with English subtitles
One of the central directors of the French New Wave was Jacques Rivette. His name isn't as well known as some of the others, perhaps because he wasn't as glamorous as Truffaut or bombastic as Godard... instead he always kept things geared for a minor key. He tried to simplify the aesthetics and technical side of filmmaking in order to more precisely focus on the content. But let's be clear... his 'content' was most often an exploration of the imagination, and an attempt to trace the undercurrents of everyday reality.
This film is an oddity in his oeuvre, and was one of his most popular works. The popularity is partly due to its central theme about artistic exploration, but also because of its perfect cast that involves three key performers - Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, and Emmanuelle Béart. It was the winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. The story revolves around a painter in the countryside who is married, but who is enraptured by a friend's partner. Let's be clear, he isn't excited sexually, but artistically.
Today we live in a commercial world of amusement, and even the art world has seemed to succumb to this. But the word amusement says it all - 'amuse' means 'against the muse' (if there is an 'a' before a word, it means 'anti'). The muse is about creativity and inspiration and rapture, and this film is about the "painful bond" between an artist and a muse. It isn't an erotic film, but it is a film about eroticism. It also questions notions of freedom, and after seeing it, you might question your own understanding of freedom as well. Don't expect a huge riveting plot, because there isn't one, it is more an unrushed exploration. Once again, real life doesn't flash by (unless you are on a roller coaster) and therefore neither does this film. A four-hour epic ode to the creative process.
This will be a high-definition projection.
Date & Time:
- 3-5 €