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The Moderns

The Moderns (1988)

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60

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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63

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Movie Info

In the expatriate-littered Paris of the 1920s, painter Nick Hart (Keith Carradine) mingles with Ernest Hemingway (Kevin O'Connor) and other leading lights of the Lost Generation while palling around with gossip columnist Oiseau (Wallace Shawn), whose reportage has helped establish the international reputation of the writers and artists who fled America for France after WWI. Older and less successful than many of his fellow painters, Hart relies on gallery owner Libby Valentin (Genevieve Bujold)

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Sep 17, 2002

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (4)

A movie that makes an afternoon with Gertrude and Alice more boring than a faculty tea.

August 4, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It takes place at that enchanted moment in Paris when the Lost Generation created itself and then proceeded to create, promote, fabricate and publicize modern literature, art, music and attitudes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Everything is ersatz, even the surrealism in Alan Rudolph's 10th movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Rudolph's weaknesses pale before the film's overriding textures: Toyomichi Kurita's cinematography exquisitely crosses color with sepia and blacks and whites.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A casually absurd, surprisingly playful look into the lives of American expatriates --Gertrude Stein's famous "lost generation" -- in post-World War I Paris.

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fascinating film about painters in 1920's Paris

December 13, 2004
Classic Film and Television

Will appeal to fans of Alan Rudolph's distinctive story-telling abilities.

August 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The plot of the film concerns love, heartbreak, money problems, the meaning of art, alcoholism and finding one's identity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Moderns

This is a fairly enjoyable tale set in the art world of 1920s Paris. The look of the film and the mood it creates are the most important things; far more important than the enjoyable, yet slow-moving plotline.

It is highly imaginative and its representation of icons such as Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein add an extra dimension to the film.

The only true weak points are some of the dialogues between the two leads; it is sometimes out of place and almost too 'modern'!

All the performances are good but John Lone and Keith Carradine are especially suited to their parts.
July 30, 2009
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Moderns" takes place in 1920's Paris where Nick Hart(Keith Carradine) is a starving artist who makes his living drawing cartoons to accompany the columns written by Oiseau(Wallace Shawn) in the Tribune.(Taking the high road, he has declined a commission to forge three Cezanne paintings for a wealthy soon-to-be divorcee, Nathalie(Geraldine Chaplin).) Nick's former lover, Rachel(Linda Fiorentino), is in town, now married to a mysterious businessman, Bertram Stone(John Lone), who is rumored to have killed a man. So, of course, Nick slaps Rachel at the salon of Gertrude Stein(Elsa Raven). Since dueling is now out of fashion, Bertram and Nick instead agree to a boxing match...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"The Moderns" has an interesting setting and a fine cast but both are wasted in what is little more than a penis-measuring contest between Nick and Bertram. The movie is about the neverending battle between commerce and art but by not making it specifically about creating art, the film misses out on what made Paris in the 1920's special. Keith Carradine's wooden performance only hurts matters.[/font]
May 26, 2006
Harlequin68
Walter M.

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    1. Gertrude Stein: Hey Hemingway. You know the sun also sets, too.
    – Submitted by Stephen S (2 years ago)
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