Modigliani Of Montparnasse

  • 1958
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography

This is the biography of the alcoholic genius painter Amedeo Modigliani, first released in Paris in 1958. Philipe, in the title role, is encouraged to lead a life of wild drinking by his mistress, writer Beatrice Hastings (Palmer). He neglects his health until he meets a young art student, Aimee, with whom he falls in love. Her father soon takes her away,...read more

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This is the biography of the alcoholic genius painter Amedeo Modigliani, first released in Paris in 1958. Philipe, in the title role, is encouraged to lead a life of wild drinking by his mistress, writer Beatrice Hastings (Palmer). He neglects his health until he meets a young art student,

Aimee, with whom he falls in love. Her father soon takes her away, and the painter is told to move to the south of France to improve his tuberculosis. The pair meet again in Nice, where the long-necked lady becomes both his lover and his model. After a failed exhibition of his work, the painter

falls to the ground and later dies. As a whole, the film is somewhat of a failure for Becker, but there are enough fine moments to recommend it. It is also interesting as a historical look at an artistically alive period of French life. Originally, Max Ophuls was to have directed (he prepared a

script with Henri Jeanson), but with his death in 1957 the project was handed over to Becker (who died shortly afterward, in 1960). Becker's quarrels with Jeanson and the presence of Modigliani's daughter on the set only added to Becker's problems, but in the end he was still able to produce an

interesting film. Includes a foreword by Jean Cocteau.

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