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The Artist And The Model (2012)

Jean Rochefort , Claudia Cardinale , Fernando Trueba  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jean Rochefort, Claudia Cardinale
  • Directors: Fernando Trueba
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GX7WUD4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,735 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Summer of 1943. In occupied France, not far away from the Spanish border, a famous old sculptor who is tired of life and wars finds the desire to work on his last masterpiece when a beautiful young Spanish girl comes knocking, after escaping a refugee camp in the South of France.
Bonus Features: Interview with Director Fernando Trueba, Photo Gallery, Trailer

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Exploration December 13, 2013
By Ramm
Allow me to add my praise for this beautiful little film that focuses on an, admittedly, esoteric slice of life - that of the 'relationship' between the 'artist' and their 'model'. Of course, the story which this particular Spanish film tells is unique to a hypothetical situation between an aged male French sculptor (of some implied repute) and a young Spanish 'refugee' woman in a specific time & place (near the Franco/Spanish border during the latter days of WW II). It might be surmised that the intensity of the situational elements foster a 'relationship' that is, perhaps not 'typical' of that experienced by most 'artists & models' - but it does provide a platform for an evocative exploration of art, sexuality, and mortality.

As noted, the film is in (widescreen) black & white and is visually gorgeous throughout - the B&W format definitely accentuates the 'artful' quality of the entire piece and is so rich that it almost feels like it is in color! The performances are excellent - with the lion's share of the dialog being delivered by the male 'artist' character as he philosophizes about life, art, and the eternally entrancing qualities of the female form. The 2 principle female leads are also effective in their roles - the young 'model' is appropriately lovely (and naked a lot) and her character 'develops' beyond being just an attractive 'body' as the plot progresses. Despite the inherent potential for much 'artistic' nudity to be on display this is not a particularly 'sexy' film. The 'cause' for this reality is somewhat explained by actress Claudia Cardinale, portraying the aged artists mature wife (who was a model herself, back in the day).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquiste!!! March 3, 2014
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This is a marvelous film!!! The cinematography is spectacular... I have never seen a black and white so colorful and captivating - all those shades of black and white - the light - truly unusual and creative!!! The story is so typically French - love it! Both Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale - the entire cast - made this film a standout!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Between Art and the Artist Stands the Model April 15, 2014
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The only way for me to critique "The Artist and the Model" is from my own experience.
I've been a writer for almost 50 years.
I had a serious relationship with a then-locally famous painter.
I posed nude as a model for various artists.
I've also seen several great movies about famous artists, or fictional ones, most of whom had to overcome "blocks" between themselves and the art they envisioned.

One movie that stood out for me was 1991's "La Belle Noiseuse", a 4 hour long French film about a once-renowned artist, now elderly, who started a painting of the movie's title, but couldn't find the spirit or the passion needed to finish it.
That is, until a budding painter and his beautiful wife, played by Emmanuelle Beart, shows up at his stately retreat.
She agrees to pose for him, and from then on, the movie follows the interactions between his fully nude young model (who resembles the woman in the title's painting) and this masterful artist who has finally found (again) his needed inspiration.

In "The Artist and the Model", we see basically the same thematic elements.
There is the once-famous artist (in this case, a sculptor), now elderly (much older, it appears, than the other), who has lost the spirit of creation, a Muse.
There is that vision he has of the perfect artistic work.
And there is the young attractive woman who suddenly appears in his life, and agrees to pose nude for him, in exchange for a room and a small salary.

There are immense differences between the two movies, as well as many similarities.

The major difference is in when it takes place.
"Noiseuse" is a "modern" (circa 1991) movie, with modern sensibilities as to sexuality and nudity.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Set in German-occupied France during WWII, “The Artist and the Model” (“El artista y la modelo”) follows the story of an aged artist Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort), a renowned sculptor who has lost his inspiration, and Mercè (Aida Folch), a young Spanish woman running away from her country. The beautifully-shot black-and-white film, which is directed by Fernando Trueba (“Belle Époque”), is part inspired by Aristide Maillol’s work “The Mediterranean,” though the film’s story has nothing to do with the real-life artist.

The story itself is simple. It is about an interaction between Rochefort’s semi-retired artist who gets inspiration for his greatest and probably last work from the young woman, and the young woman who learns things about life and art from the elderly man. Claudia Cardinale appears as Léa, the artist’s wise and understanding wife (and former model for him) who helps out Mercè sleeping penniless in the street. Götz Otto is a German officer writing a book about the artist.

“The Artist and the Model” was Goya-nominated for thirteen categories including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay (by Trueba and Jean-Claude Carrière, “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie”), Best Cinematography and Best Production Design (by Eugenio Caballero, “Pan’s Labyrinth”). But the film won none of them.

I was not surprised to know that because, well-acted and beautifully-shot as it is, “The Artist and the Model” lacks something – something that is emotionally involving, like the intense artistic struggle in “La belle noiseuse.” We don’t see much character development in the vharacters, especially in the model.
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