This Fucking movie. When I saw this movie there was no google or IMDB. I went into it not knowing much more than what the VHS box said. I was making my way through all the foreign films that looked interesting at the local independent rental place. It is Almost 4 hours long. Mostly this artist working a painting. A painting that we don't get to see when the movie ends! He hides it inside a wall. I was a teenager and not interested in metaphors and meaning at this particular time. I was just incensed. I wanted to see the stupid painting. I just read that it was based on a Balzac, hadn't heard that before.