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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... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
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On several occasions in the movie we see a bronze statue of the French writer Balzac. Near the end of the movie Modigliani is dancing in front of it. It is a sculpture made by Rodin. The movie is set in 1919, yet the bronze version of this statue was not placed in Paris until 1939. Rodin made it in 1898 and a full plaster cast was made and displayed. Yet it received much criticism and was removed. See more »
I was lucky to see this movie in Paris where this movie was first
released in the cinemas. I was really impressed by the brilliant
performances of Andy Garcia and Elsa Zylberstein and the rest of the cast. Andy Garcia is a VERY versatile and extremely talented actor. We may already know this story is about the last years' of life of the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani and set in Paris in 1919. However this movie has a new approach and new ideas and it is not an ordinary biography movie. The spirit of Paris in that period comes alive in this movie. Everyone who involved in this movie worked with passion and passion is actually a main theme of this movie.
I totally enjoyed seeing this movie and I hope that this movie will be released widely and many people will be able to see it. We are all surrounded by those big blockbuster movies nowadays and it is so nice to see Modigliani, a real gem.
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