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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Amedeo Modigliani
... Jeanne Hébuterne
... Pablo Picasso
... Maurice Utrillo
... Olga Picasso
... Max Jacob
... Beatrice Hastings
... Jean Cocteau (as Peter Capadli)
Louis Hilyer ... Zborowski
Stevan Rimkus ... Soutine
Dan Astileanu ... Diego Rivera (as Dan Astilean)
... Moise Kisling
Michelle Newell ... Eudoxie Hébuterne
Frederico Ambrosino ... Little Dedo
... Gertrude Stein
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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 »

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Limelight [France]

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29 September 2004 (France)  »

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Untitled Modigliani Project  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,971, 10 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$195,378, 17 July 2005
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1.85 : 1
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Reunites Andy Garcia with Lance Henrikson after Jennifer Eight (1992) See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Frida Kahlo, the wife of Diego Riviera appears. But Frida was born in 1907, so in 1920 she would have been 13, while in the movie she is portrayed as an adult. She married Diego only in 1929. 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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The satellites outshine the star
11 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie about painters in Paris that tells us nothing about painting and shows us nothing of Paris. (Even a little stock footage would have been welcome.) The most profound observation anyone in the movie makes about Modigliani's work is that he exaggerates the length of the neck. To add a little excitement to the mix, characters fire guns in one another's general direction (twice) and the manner of Modigliani's death is irresponsibly fictionalized. At least I consider it irresponsible, because people will come to the movie not knowing the facts and come away thinking they've learned them. Andy Garcia is to be commended for taking the title role-- Modigliani is worth a movie, and I'm sure no one set out to make it a bad one-- but he is less convincing and interesting than the supporting actors who bring Soutine, Utrillo, and especially Renoir to life.


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