The Artist And The Model
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Bonus Features: Interview with Director Fernando Trueba, Photo Gallery, Trailer
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Fantastic film, breathtakingly beautiful and fittingly done in black and white. If you still shoot b&w films and dabble in darkroom printing like me, you will find this movie so... Read morePublished 5 months ago by cj lee
This is a real work of art, a touching story, filmed in black and white, with incredibly beautiful images and scenes. I'm truly in love with this picture.Published 15 months ago by Pedro L. San Miguel
Exquisite photography, script, and performances. Black and white. The model is very beautiful.Published 16 months ago by Henry H. Knapp
The first thing I want to say is that this movie is not as good as La Belle Noiseuse . The second is that Jean Rochefort is no Michael Piccoli, who was totally believable as a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by M.Merkersen