Modigliani

Modigliani

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Director: Mick Davis

Cast: Andy Garcia, Elsa Zylberstein, Hippolyte Girardot

     
 

A gifted artist wages a personal war against his demons as well as a world that refuses to accept his creative vision in this biographical drama based on the true story of Amedeo Modigliani. Modigliani (Andy Garcia) was an Italian Jew who was living in Paris in the 1910s, when the city's bohemian community was in full flower. While Modigliani was a uniquely gifted…  See more details below

Overview

A gifted artist wages a personal war against his demons as well as a world that refuses to accept his creative vision in this biographical drama based on the true story of Amedeo Modigliani. Modigliani (Andy Garcia) was an Italian Jew who was living in Paris in the 1910s, when the city's bohemian community was in full flower. While Modigliani was a uniquely gifted painter and sculptor, his friend and rival Pablo Picasso (Omid Djalili) had already found fame and fortune; Modigliani's work had yet to reach a significant audience beyond the city's creative inner circle. Though Modigliani stubbornly refused to compromise his vision for the sake of sales, he was alternately troubled and enraged by the lack of acceptance for his art, and was known to buffer his bruised ego with alcohol and opium, which made his often unpredictable and sometimes violent behavior all the more volatile. Modigliani also had a mistress, Jeanne Hebuterne (Elsa Zylberstein), who had been disowned by her wealthy family for falling in love with a Jew and having his child out of wedlock. When Hebuterne discovered she was pregnant again, Modigliani faced pressure to marry her, and had to face the practical question of how to support his offspring. Modigliani's fate rested upon winning an annual art competition in Paris, which would have given him a needed influx of cash, leaving him understandably enraged when Picasso also chose to enter a work in the contest.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
UPC:
0602498842478
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
First Independent
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; Theatrical trailers; "Making Of" featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andy García Amedeo Modigliani
Elsa Zylberstein Jeanne Hebuterne
Hippolyte Girardot Utrillo
Omid Djalili Pablo Picasso
Eva Herzigova Olga
Udo Kier Actor

Technical Credits
Mick Davis Director,Screenwriter
Donald A. Barton Executive Producer
Karinne Behr Executive Producer
Roberto Bessi Associate Producer
Antony Blakey Executive Producer
Andrei Boncea Associate Producer
Giantito Burchiellaro Production Designer
André Djaoui Producer
Pam Downe Costumes/Costume Designer
Guy Farley Score Composer
Paul Feetum Executive Producer
Andy García Executive Producer
Patrick Godeau Associate Producer
Antonio Guadalupi Associate Producer
Emma E. Hickox Editor
Stefan Jonas Associate Producer
Manu Kadosh Cinematographer
Alan Latham Producer
Stephen Marsden Executive Producer
Philippe Martinez Producer
Stephanie Martinez-Campeau Producer
Douglas W. Miller Executive Producer
Gary Ungar Executive Producer
Marcos Zúriñaga Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Modigliani
1. The Café Rotonde [12:59]
2. The First Portrait of Jeane [12:42]
3. One Condition [10:37]
4. A Work in Progress [10:56]
5. Madness [10:46]
6. Renoir [10:23]
7. One Man Show [9:29]
8. Challenging Picasso [:04]
9. Getting Married [11:19]
10. Grand Prix De Peinture [11:17]
11. Wait for Me [9:42]
12. Try to Forgive Me [11:00]

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Modigliani 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Modigliani takes a look at the life of the artist, Modigiliani. He was a rival of Picasso. The film captures the amazing era of artistry in France that the director compares to the age of Rock and Roll in the 70s in the US. Andy Garcia gives a captive performance at Modigliani. He captures the heartache that drives Modi to paint in the competition. A great film for any art lover or just someone who appreciates a great film. It explores beyond the painting into relationships and religious bigotry. Highly recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful film. Modigliani captures the excitement that the art community held during the era of Picasso and Modigliani. I did not know about the bitter rivalry between Picasso and Modigliani when I saw this. Andy Garica gives another one of his stellar performances. Along with the great cinematography, the music in the film is just wonderful. This biography film is one that shouldnt be missed. It will leave you with so many emotions because of the great story and the wonderful characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MODIGLIANI is a difficult movie to review. It has some very strong features such as the cinematography that captures the artsy feeling of Paris 1919 and, despite excesses, manages to create some visuals of hallucinations and the wild madness of painters painting canvasses a rather complex peak into the lives of several of the more revolutionary artists of the time and a substantial feeling for the interchange between artist and model. The main problem with the film is a script that is banal, limited in historical validity, and concentrating on a single rather silly motif of a painters' competition. Amedeo Modigliani (1884 - 1920) was a Sephardic Jew from Italy who moved to the mecca of Paris to create his brilliant portraits and sculptures of nudes and extended neck women and girls. His genius lay in his unifying the spiritual Eastern iconography (tribal art and Judaism) of his heritage with the Christian (read Catholic) traditions of the artists with whom he associated which resulted in his creations of the female nude from a feminist cultural perspective. What this film delivers is a rather annoying portrait of a young consumptive artist who drank and drugged himself to death at a moment in his career when renown was just beginning. The reasons for his place in art history are merely hinted all for the sake of the Hollywood biopic.Andy Garcia plays Modigliani with a modicum of élan and a plethora of bad traits. The lovely model Jeanne Hébuterne (Elsa Zylberstein) who was the subject not only of his portraits but the mother of his illegitimate child and his live-in paramour is a bit long in the tooth on suffering, though despite the fact that Zylberstien is hampered by both a weak script and limited acting, she does have an uncanny resemblance to Jeanne. The artists with whom 'Modi' works include a strangely miscast Picasso (Omid Djalili), Chaim Soutine (Stevan Rimkus), Maurice Utrillo (Hippolyte Girardot), Diego Rivera (Dan Astileanu), Zborowski (Louis Hilyer), and the strangely non-effeminate Jean Cocteau (Peter Capaldi)! Dealer Max Jacob (Udo Kier) and Gertrude Stein (Miriam Margolyes!) are thrown in with the harlequins and 'Modi's' child spirit Dedo (Frederico Ambrosino) for atmosphere. The storyline is one that could have easily been told in the requisite time frame but MODIGLIANI taxes the viewers' attention for over two hours. So aside from a visually exciting experience there is really very little to be learned from this liquor and opium soaked consumptive noisy melodrama that could have been about any one of the artists involved in the story. The genius of Modigliani is barely tapped. Grady Harp