La Belle Noiseuse is a 1991 film directed by Jacques Rivette and starring Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, and Emmanuelle Beart. Its title means "The Beautiful Troublemaker". The film is loosely adapted from the short story The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac and also includes elements from The Liar, The Figure in the Carpet, and The Aspern Papers by Henry James.
The film won the Grand Prix at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. The film had a good critical reception, and occasioned much comment on Beart's frank onscreen nudity and Rivette's characteristic use of an extreme running time. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert added the film to his Great Movies collection in April 2009.
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