Modigliani of Montparnasse / LES AMANTS DE MONTPARNASSE 

Modigliani of Montparnasse / LES AMANTS DE MONTPARNASSE 

Director:  Jacques Becker / France, Italy / 108 mins

4_modigliani-of-montparnasse-_2Synopsis : Amedeo Modigliani was an artistic phenomenon with a distinctive style though he never achieved proper recognition or financial success during his lifetime. Though undisciplined, volatile, prone to violence and chemical excesses, not everyone doubts his genuine talent. His lover, writer Beatrice Hastings, promotes his work in her magazine articles. His agent and neighbour, Sborowsky, continues to represent him, paying his rent, offering words of encouragement, actively seeking out potential buyers. Even Modigliani’s art professor calls him “maestro”, and invites him to the academy where he meets a young student named Jeanne who defies her parents and abandons her privileged life to live with the struggling artist. Inspired by Jeanne and a change in atmosphere, his passion for his work is briefly resurrected. This 1958 French-Italian drama film chronicles the last year of the life of Amedeo Modigliani who worked and died in abject poverty in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris.

 

4_modigliani-of-montparnasse-_3Direction Jacques Becker
Production Ralph Baum
Screenplay Henri Jeanson, Max Ophuls Music Paul Misraki
Cinematography Christian Matras
Editing Marguerite Renoir
Cast Gerard Philipe, Lilli Palmer, Anouk Aimee, Gerard Sety,
LliaDedrova, Lea Padovani, Jean Lanier, Denise Vernac,
Lino Ventura, Marianne Oswald, Paquerette, Arlette Poirier,
Robert Ripa, Frank Edwards, Carol Sands

 

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