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Modigliani (2004)

Modigliani (2004)



Critic Consensus: Nearly everyone is miscast in this disjointed and slow-moving portrait of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.

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Set in Paris in 1919, biopic centers on the life of late Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, focusing on his last days as well as his rivalry with Pablo Picasso. Modigliani, a Jew, has fallen in love with Jeanne, a young and beautiful Catholic girl. The couple has an illegitimate child, and Jeanne's bigoted parents send the baby to a faraway convent to be raised by nuns. Modigliani is distraught and needs money to rescue and raise his child. The answer arrives in the shape of Paris' annual art competition. Prize money and a guaranteed career await the winner. Neither Modigliani, nor his dearest friend and rival Picasso have ever entered the competition, believing that it is beneath true artists like themselves. But push comes to shove with the welfare of his child on the line, and Modigliani signs up for the competition in a drunken and drug-induced tirade. Picasso follows suit and all of Paris is aflutter with excitement at who will win. With the balance of his relationship with Jeanne on the line, Modigliani tackles this work with the hopes of creating a masterpiece, and knows that all the artists of Paris are doing the same.
R (for some language and drugs use.)
Art House & International , Drama
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Andy Garcia
as Amedeo Modigliani
Elsa Zylberstein
as Jeanne Hebuterne
Omid Djalili
as Pablo Picasso
Hippolyte Girardot
as Maurice Utrillo
Udo Kier
as Max Jacob
Susie Amy
as Beatrice Hastings
Peter Capaldi
as Jean Cocteau
Ion Siminie
as Claude Monet
Miriam Margolyes
as Gertrude Stein
Lance Henriksen
as Foster Kane
Louis Hilyer
as Zborowski
Stevan Rimkus
as Soutine
Dan Astileanu
as Diego Rivera
Frederico Ambrosino
as Little Dedo
Michelle Newell
as Eudoxie Hébuterne
George Ivascu
as Moise Kisling
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Critic Reviews for Modigliani

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (13)

Instead of trying to provide insight into this genius's debilitating madness, Davis prefers to wallow in incoherent and clichéd misery, punctuated by poetically oblique imagery.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
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A film of vitality, with imagery as haunting and romantic as it is intense.

July 7, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

Modigliani is slow, shamefully cliched and disjointed as a cubist portrait.

July 1, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
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Thanks to writer-director Mick Davis, the film, like its subject, dies young.

July 1, 2005
New York Post
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It's hard to take this oddball movie seriously, right down to the undisguised streetwise-American accent of Andy Garcia as the Italian Jew Amedeo Modigliani.

July 1, 2005
New York Daily News
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The best and maybe the only use to be made of the catastrophic screen biography Modigliani is to serve as a textbook outline of how not to film the life of a legendary artist.

Full Review… | June 30, 2005
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Modigliani


Exceptional! A wonderful depiction of Modigliani’s life. Captures the rawness of both the beautiful as well as the sad and tragic moments.

Antoinette Louw
Antoinette Louw

A passionate performance by Andy Garcia** for those of you out there who are artists/creative by nature...this will remind you that: you don't Just make arT... you must liVe it** This will move you** It is based on the characters of life and art that were the 20th Century/ modern Masters of ArT.

AngeLO Pizarro
AngeLO Pizarro

wouldnt be so bad if it werent a made up story about a real painter full of fake paintings posing to be his.

christina b
christina b

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