‘La Belle Noiseuse’ Is Jacques Rivette’s Epic Ode To The Creative Process [Review]

Maybe the fall of 2017 wasn’t the right time for a 4K restoration of “La Belle Noiseuse,” Jacques Rivette’s four hour ode to the creative process; headlines today are dominated by reports of predatory or simply lascivious men leveraging power to exploit women’s bodies, power being multifaceted by its very definition. Maybe they take advantage through force. Maybe they take advantage using coercion. Either way, this year remains an unflattering lens for revisiting the film, though it’s a comfort to know that it caused a bit of a commotion when it premiered at Cannes back in 1991.

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