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Modigliani (2004)

The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne.

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Mick Davis

Writer:

Mick Davis

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Garcia ... Amedeo Modigliani
Elsa Zylberstein ... Jeanne Hébuterne
Omid Djalili ... Pablo Picasso
Hippolyte Girardot ... Maurice Utrillo
Eva Herzigova ... Olga Picasso
Udo Kier ... Max Jacob
Susie Amy ... Beatrice Hastings
Peter Capaldi ... Jean Cocteau (as Peter Capadli)
Louis Hilyer Louis Hilyer ... Zborowski
Stevan Rimkus Stevan Rimkus ... Soutine
Dan Astileanu Dan Astileanu ... Diego Rivera (as Dan Astilean)
George Ivascu ... Moise Kisling
Michelle Newell Michelle Newell ... Eudoxie Hébuterne
Frederico Ambrosino Frederico Ambrosino ... Little Dedo
Miriam Margolyes ... Gertrude Stein
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

His passion was life. His obsession was art. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Limelight [France]

Country:

UK | Germany | Romania | France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Modigliani Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,360, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:

$205,165

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,547,008
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reunites Andy Garcia with Lance Henrikson after Jennifer Eight (1992) See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pablo Picasso: Why do you hate me so much?
Amedeo Modigliani: I love you, Pablo. It's myself I hate.
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Soundtracks

Ode to Innocence
Performed by Sasha Lazard
Composed by Giulio Caccini, James Ide & Dale Wardlaw
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Being a great artist means you have to ... not spoil it
11 July 2005 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

It is a good biographical movie, even if it is obviously overdramatized. Andy Garcia again plays a charismatic , yet having abuse problems, which makes me wonder how he is in real life. Anyway, he did a great role.

Worth mentioning, the movie was shot in Romania, with a lot of Romanian actors. It was funny hearing "Ionel, Ionelule" sung in French, since it was all supposed to be happening in Paris.

Now, about the movie. It showed an overly emotional world of artists, highly competitive, yet in owe of one another. Being a rather technical, introverted guy, I cannot sympathize with any of the characters. They all did really stupid things for reasons I didn't understand. Yet the movie was definitely a good movie, although I guess it would have a greater impact on women and artists.

It is, after all, a drama, so don't expect a nice little film with a happy ending.


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