La belle noiseuse (4 hours long, starts at 7pm)

Sunday, 29 December

La belle noiseuse (4 hours long, starts at 7pm)

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(The Beautiful Troublemaker)
Directed by Jacques Rivette
240 minutes
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: 

Sunday, 29 December, 2019 - 19:00


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  • 3-5 €
- 3 €
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam


Go through the gate. Cavia is on the right hand side, above Xena Sports. Take the stairs.


Former squat, now legalised

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, founded in 1983 by a squatters movement, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.


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opening times: 

Our regular screenings are on Tuesdays (programmed by Jeffrey), Thursdays and Fridays, but we also have extra screenings and film festivals throughout the year. Look us up to find our monthly program.

Doors always open half an hour before the film starts.

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.


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opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.