Hero of Montmartre

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Montparnasse 19 is better known as Modigliani, which is also the name of its protagonist. In broad, melodramatic strokes, screenwriter Max Ophuls and director Jacques Becker offer their spin on the tragic, troubled life of Italian abstract painter Amedeo Modigliani. As played by Gerard Philipe, Modigliani is first seen as the derelict he became during his days as a resident of rundown Montparnasse in 1919. His one chance for redemption through the love of the beautiful Jeanne (Anouk Aimee) is thwarted by his hateful family. Another contributing factor to Modigliani's downfall is debauched English novelist Beatrice Hastings (Lili Palmer). The Modigliani depicted in Montparnasse 19 makes Vincent Van Gogh look like Pat Boone.


Gérard Philipe
as Amedeo Modigliani
Lilli Palmer
as Beatrice Hastings
Anouk Aimée
as Jeanne Hebuterne
Gérard Séty
as Sborowski
Lea Padovani
as Rosalie
Lila Kedrova
as Mme. Sborowski
Jean Lanier
as Hebuterne
Harry Max
as Doctor
Mme. Paquerette
as Mme. Salomon
Antoine Tudal
as Cendrars
Denise Vernac
as Mme. Hebuterne
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Critic Reviews for Hero of Montmartre

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

  • Becker's humanism is unwavering, even when confronting such stereotypes as the rich American philistine or the uncomprehending working man.

    Jan 22, 2008 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The one bright spot is Miss Palmer, who acts with the breezy air of one who looks upon drunken artists as amusements. Maybe that's the way to look at this film.

    Jan 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A highly personal effort by one of the idols of the New Wave generation.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • As a whole, the film is somewhat of a failure for Becker, but there are enough fine moments to recommend it.

    Jan 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A hauntingly moving portrait about the last year or so in the life of the early 20th-century painter Modigliani.

    May 29, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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