3 Balzac Novels Adapted to Cinema

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La Belle Noiseuse

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Cousin Bette

3 Balzac Novels Adapted to Cinema

Celebrating the airing of The Skin of Sorrow, based on Honoré de Balzac's The Wild Ass's Skin, we have selected three worth-watching movies adapted from works of this phenomenal French author. Enjoy!

La Belle Noiseuse

Directed by Jacques Rivette and starring Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, and Emmanuelle Béart, La Belle Noiseuse follows a reclusive famous painter, who lives quietly with his wife and former model. When a young artist visits him with his girlfriend, Marianne, the painter is inspired to resume a painting he long ago abandoned: La Belle Noiseuse, using Marianne as his model.

Praised by the public and film critics, Noiseuse follows a reclusive famous painter, who lives quietly with his wife and former won the Grand Prix at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

Cousin Bette

Starring Jessica Lange in the title role and loosely based on the novel Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac, this British-American comedy-drama follows a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into the lives of her brother-in-law and her niece. Failing to do so, she instead finds solace and company in a handsome young sculptor she saves from starvation.

The Duchess of Langeais

Directed by Jacques Rivette, this is a French-Italian drama based on one of Honoré de Balzac’s greatest novels, Ne touchez pas la hache. With a cast led by Jeanne Balibar and Guillaume Depardieu, The Duchess of Langeais follows the story of a tormented and frustrating relationship between a French general, Armand de Montriveau, and Antoinette, a married woman of the highest society.

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The Duchess of Langeais

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