The Moderns (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  May 1988 (USA)
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Nick Hart is a struggling American artist who lives amongst the expatriate community in 1920s Paris. He spends most of his time drinking and socializing in local cafés and pestering gallery... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Hart
Rachel Stone
Libby Valentin (as Genevieve Bujold)
Nathalie de Ville
Bertram Stone
Charlélie Couture ...
L'Evidence (as Charlelie Couture)
Elsa Raven ...
Ali Giron ...
New York Critic
Michael Wilson ...
Surrealist Poet
Robert Gould ...
Antonia Dauphin ...
Véronique Bellegarde ...
Laurette (as Veronique Bellegarde)


Nick Hart is a struggling American artist who lives amongst the expatriate community in 1920s Paris. He spends most of his time drinking and socializing in local cafés and pestering gallery owner Libby Valentin to sell his paintings. He becomes involved in a plot by wealthy art patroness Nathalie de Ville to forge three paintings. This leads to several run-ins with American rubber magnate Bertram Stone, who happens to be married to Hart's ex-wife Rachel. Written by measham

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Arte do Amor  »

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$2,011,497 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Very stylish interpretation of 1920s Paris
17 August 1999 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is a fairly enjoyable tale set in the art world of 1920s Paris. The look of the film and the mood it creates are the most important things; far more important than the enjoyable, yet slow-moving plotline.

It is highly imaginative and its representation of icons such as Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein add an extra dimension to the film.

The only true weak points are some of the dialogues between the two leads; it is sometimes out of place and almost too 'modern'!

All the performances are good but John Lone and Keith Carradine are especially suited to their parts.

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