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Modigliani (2004)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  29 September 2004 (France)
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The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne.



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Jean Cocteau (as Peter Capadli)
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Dan Astileanu ...
Diego Rivera (as Dan Astilean)
George Ivascu ...
Michelle Newell ...
Eudoxie Hébuterne
Frederico Ambrosino ...
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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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Rated R for some language and drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

29 September 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Modigliani Project  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,971 (USA) (10 June 2005)


$195,378 (USA) (15 July 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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At the end of the flashback to 1892, there's an electric plug, which was invented by Harvey Hubbell in 1904. See more »


Amedeo Modigliani: Tell me, Pablo, how do you make love to a cube?
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Ode to Innocence
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Modigliani-art about art
18 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I find Modigliani a movie worth to be seen! Some of you might consider it doesn't capture the real "spirit" of that era or that it's being put too much accent on the painter's madness and on his interior drama; but this is Modigliani in Mick Davis's conception, it's a movie not a documentary! The soundtrack is perfectly chosen to amplify the feelings transmitted by the excellent performance of the actors. It is more than a cinematographic production. It is a symbiosis between passion and love, human nature and vices. The memories of Amedeo about his childhood, the reproofs of "Modigliani-the little boy ", the incapacity of resisting to temptations and the permanent psychological pressure given by having such a rivalry have driven him to auto-destruction. It is the destiny of a man who passed away just a moment before tasting success... I consider Modigliani-the movie- art about art.

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