Down 6,238 this week

Modigliani of Montparnasse (1958)
"Les amants de Montparnasse (Montparnasse 19)" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 561 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 7 critic

Biographic movie about the last year of the famous Italian painter Modigliani. Modigliani, a poor painter in Paris of 1919, falls in love with a daughter from a wealthy family. Her parents ... See full summary »



(inspired by novel "Les Montparnos")
0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: February

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in February.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 05 Feb 2013
a list of 25 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 44 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 42 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Modigliani of Montparnasse (1958)

Modigliani of Montparnasse (1958) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Modigliani of Montparnasse.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dalí (1991)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Biography of famed artist Salvador Dali, focusing mainly on his relationship with girlfriend Gala and the time they spent in New York City in 1940 and his early days in Spain collaborating with filmmaker Luis Bunuel.

Director: Antoni Ribas
Stars: Lorenzo Quinn, Sarah Douglas, Michael Catlin
Le Trou (1960)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty.

Director: Jacques Becker
Stars: André Bervil, Jean Keraudy, Michel Constantin
Dernier atout (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Jacques Becker
Stars: Mireille Balin, Raymond Rouleau, Pierre Renoir
Razzia (1955)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Henri, the Man from Nantes, comes back to his country after a successful stay in the United States, where he was working for Liski, the drug dealer. With the fame of being a tough guy ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Decoin
Stars: Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio, Lino Ventura
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by ... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro
Stars: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Franco Fabrizi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Bob Letellier, a good looking rich kid who studies science, makes the acquaintance of Alain, a cynical and immoral young man. The latter introduces him to the existentialist circles of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Bob is invited to a party and becomes Clo's lover, a rich heiress.

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Pascale Petit, Andréa Parisy, Jacques Charrier
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Maurice Labro
Stars: Lino Ventura, Estella Blain, Paul Frankeur
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Young, handsome, dashing but cynical, Octave Mouret arrives in Paris, determined to conquer the belles of the capital. His first attempts are not too successful though as he is rebuffed by ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Gérard Philipe, Dany Carrel, Jacques Duby
Le ruffian (1983)
Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: José Giovanni
Stars: Lino Ventura, Bernard Giraudeau, Claudia Cardinale
Drama | History | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A propaganda film of the communist party of France, showing who the comrades help the proletarian people against the capitalists. It also features propagandistic speeches of leading members... See full summary »

Directors: Jacques Becker, Jacques B. Brunius, and 6 more credits »
Stars: Jean Dasté, Jacques B. Brunius, Simone Guisin
Tête de turc (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Jacques Becker
Yoshiwara (1937)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Max Ophüls
Stars: Pierre Richard-Willm, Sessue Hayakawa, Michiko Tanaka


Cast overview, first billed only:
Lea Padovani ...
Rosalie (as Léa Padovani)
Gérard Séty ...
Léopold Zborowsky
Anna Zborowsky
Arlette Poirier ...
Pâquerette ...
Madame Salomon - la concierge (as Madame Pâquerette)
Marianne Oswald ...
Berthe Weil
Judith Magre ...
La prostituée devant le café
Denise Vernac ...
Madame Hébuterne
Robert Ripa ...
Marcel - le maquereau
Jean Lanier ...
Monsieur Hébuterne
Carole Sands ...
Madame Dickson (as C. de Rieux)


Biographic movie about the last year of the famous Italian painter Modigliani. Modigliani, a poor painter in Paris of 1919, falls in love with a daughter from a wealthy family. Her parents are against their relation and stop financial help. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Biography | Drama


See all certifications »





Release Date:

4 April 1958 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Hero of Montmatre  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Two days after Modigliani's death from meningitis, Jeanne Hébuterne hurled herself out of the window of her parents' fifth floor apartment, killing herself and her unborn child. The couple left behind a daughter, Jeanne, born two months earlier. See more »

Crazy Credits

The names of actors Lea Padovani, Gérard Séty and Lino Ventura do not appear in the closing credits, whereas every one else's name does. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Another one for Gerard Philipe fans only. Contains spoilers.
11 May 2005 | by (Stroudsburg, PA) – See all my reviews

This is a boring, clichéd film about a drunken, drug-addicted artist and several women with whom he was involved during the last year of his life in Paris.

I'd seen this all before. The artist and his mistress live in a garret with a charming view of Nice out of their windows. But they are starving and must depend on the kindness of friends for their food or on the little money the wife can make painting postcards. The artist is tormented by his own failings--here primarily alcohol, though a reference is made to opium use--and his failure to sell his paintings to a public who doesn't understand his work. The artist is involved with several women, all of whom he treats badly, and with greedy art dealers who treat him badly.

The artist here is Modigliani, who is a physically sick man throughout the film. There is any number of scenes in which Gérard Philipe's face is sweating with the very exertion of staying alive. Yet the film never offers any background on how Modigliani came to this point or background on any of the characters or situations in this film.

And what, exactly, was Modigliani's relationship to the three women he's shown with? Bèatrice Hastings appears to be a wealthy woman who supplies Modigliani with opium and liquor. He physically abuses her, which she treats lightly, which doesn't go down very well today.

Rosalie owns a restaurant and bar where Modigliani tries to con drinks based on his charm and Rosalie's lingering affection for him.

And then there is Jeanne Hébuterne, whom the subtitles of the video identified as his wife. Apparently, in reality, she was just his mistress. As shown here, Jeanne was the sweet, virginal daughter of an upper-class family; her father strongly disapproved of her connection with Modigliani and locked her in her room to prevent her leaving their house to live with him. Then a few scenes later, Jeanne is free of her parents and meeting Modigliani in Nice. What happened in the interval? Some scenes edited out? The best scene in the film, the one point where the film comes alive, shows Modigliani, Jeanne, and his friend Léopold Sborowsky in the hotel suite of Mr. Dickson, an American industrialist who is interested to purchase some of his paintings. But Mrs. Dickson has no interest in her husband's deal, only in getting him packed and out of the hotel in time to meet the boat train. Finally, she bustles Dickson out before he can make a purchase.

A touching scene shows a sickly Modigliani moving about the terrace of La Coupole trying to sell for five francs his drawings to the uninterested patrons. But this sort of scene is one we've seen in other films about starving artists.

Gérard Philipe certainly had the handsomeness to play the doomed romantic hero and conveyed well the sick Modigliani here. But I've concluded that Gérard Philipe appeared mostly in mediocre films during his brief career.

Both Anouk Aimée (Jeanne) and Lili Palmer (Bèatrice) are wasted in this film. Lila Kedrova has a small role as Mme. Sborowsky.

But Lino Ventura most impressed me as Morel, the greedy, dastardly art deal. Marcel hovers over Modigliani like the angel of death, waiting for Modigliani to die for he knows that as soon as Modigliani is dead, his paintings will be worth something.

This film has a troubled history, which may account for the poor final product. The film began as a Max Ophuls production. But when Ophuls died, he was still working on the film's script with Jenri Jeanson. According to Konstantin Bazarov's article on Becker in World Film Directors, Volume 1, "When Jacques Becker took over, he rewrote the script completely, provoking a violent quarrel with Jeanson." Modigliani's daughter also exerted her influence on the film. In a review in the May 1958 issue of Cahiers du Cinéma, Jean-Luc Godard defended "Montparnasse '19" as a film about the fear of making a film. I found the review--filled with double talk--as boring as most of Godard's films. Truffaut has an entire chapter on Becker in The Films of My Life in which he mentions "Montparnasse '19" intermittently.

But the film must stand on its own; and it fails when it does that. It is a depressing film presenting a clichéd portrait of a dying artist in a story without narrative thrust and two-dimensional characters who never involve viewers. It's hard for me to believe that this film came from the same director who made the brilliant "Casque d'Or" and "Touchez Pas au Grisbi." Recommended to die-hard Philipe fans only.

22 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Modigliani of Montparnasse (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: