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True, a disclaimer in the beginning warns the viewer that this is a work of fiction, but as with so many Oliver Stone "docudramas," there are no clear indications where history ends and fiction begins. In real life, Amedeo Modigliani was a painter and a sculptor. He bounced between France and his native Italy as his ever deteriorating health dictated, the deterioration caused by a life long tubercular condition, fueled by booze, drugs and (if the film is to be believed) chain smoking. He had a very public affair with a well known bisexual writer, but later became smitten with a local Parisian girl, with whom he took up and lived out the remainder of his short life. Yes, Modigliani struggled for most of his life. Yes, he lived in the same post-WW I Paris as did Picaso. Yes, he died young, at 35. And yes, Jeanne, the love of his life, did take her own life, and that of their unborn second child, upon his death. But the Modigliani we meet in the film is not this man.
Perhaps the reason for this was screenwriter Mick Davis' need to collapse an entire life into a film lasting only 127 minutes. Perhaps Mr. Davis just used the historical highpoints as the inner structure for the story he wanted to tell. Or perhaps he just could not resist the familiar and by now trite tale of the doomed artist achieving his greatest triumph just as his wretched excesses finally overtake him.Read more ›
This is a film that belongs in any serious DVD collection. Purchase the CD too, the music is magnificent. My Highest Recommendation!
Unfortunately, Modigliani's life is too short, his brokenhearted muse inconsolable, left with a daughter and another baby on the way, disowned by her rigid Catholic father. The loss of her lover is indeed tragic; as she says to Picasso after Amadeo's death, "At the end of your life, you will say his name, Modigliani" (In fact, it is said that this is the last word Picasso uttered). French society only belatedly applauds the talent of this iconoclastic artist, a shabby painter who dances in the snowy streets of Paris to music only he can hear, shadowed by the boy he once was. Played out in vignettes of childhood memory, the agonies of failure and the natural rebelliousness of a man who cannot fit into society's expectations, Modigliani spirals through the years carelessly, driven only to paint, to dream, to seek oblivion, to paint again.Read more ›
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Not quite what I expected but is a perspective. The more you know the better.Published 2 months ago by Daniela Sava
As other reviewers have pointed out, there are some historical inaccuracies in this telling of the story of Modigliani and Jeanne Hebuterne, although the general background is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda Lappin
Movie was accurate. Modigliani's life was dark therefore the movie is a dark movie. Modiglani had TB and self medicated to the point of addiction. True to life movie. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Laume702
OUR ORIGINAL APPRECIATION OF ANDY GARCIA'S ACTING AND NAILING THE CHARACTER " MODIGLIANI " A GREAT STORY TO BE LEARNED ..MSRPublished 8 months ago by Milton Rubin
Very Intense and beautiful movie from beginning to endPublished 8 months ago by Dian & Patrick Harlan
I think this was quite well done, fairly close to Modigliani's life with some dramatic embellishments.Published 9 months ago by L. Hoff
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|The music from the movie Modigliani (Andy Garcia stars)||
"Ode to Innocence" is the song you seek...
Mar 26, 2007 by phyzul | See all 37 posts
|Why so inaccurate to history?||
Having known one artist well, I think "New York" stories (1989) has a segment that is pretty darn good. Nick Nolte plays "Lionel Dobie" in the first of three stories in the Film anthology. Scorsese directs another love letter about New York to us all.
Dec 18, 2008 by Charlemagne | See all 2 posts