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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Cocteau (as Peter Capadli)
Louis Hilyer ...
Stevan Rimkus ...
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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His passion was life. His obsession was art. See more »


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1892 when Amedeo's mother is in labor the bailiff makes announcement that family's possessions are confiscated for the benefit of Republica Italia. At that time Livorno is part of the Kingdom of Italy - the Republic of Italy is declared after the WWII. See more »


Pablo Picasso: Why do you hate me so much?
Amedeo Modigliani: I love you, Pablo. It's myself I hate.
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Ode to Innocence
Performed by Sasha Lazard
Composed by Giulio Caccini, James Ide & Dale Wardlaw
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An excellent movie
11 November 2004 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

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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