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Modigliani (2005)

Andy Garcia , Elsa Zylberstein , Mick Davis  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andy Garcia, Elsa Zylberstein, Omid Djalili, Hippolyte Girardot, Eva Herzigova
  • Directors: Mick Davis
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: UMVD/Visual Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000AL72R8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Modigliani" on IMDb

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Andy Garcia stars as the painter Modigliani, an Italian Jew, has fallen in love with Jeanne, a 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 Paris' annual art competition. Prize money and a guaranteed career await the winner. Modigliani and his dearest friend and rival Picasso believe that competitions are beneath true artists like themselves, but with the welfare of his child on the line, Modigliani signs up. Picasso follows suit and soon Paris is aflutter with excitement over the outcome.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of an Artist as a Dying Man December 6, 2005
"Modigliani," a 2004 offering starring Andy Garcia, is one of those historical/biographical films that so invests the viewer with a sympathy for and interest in the central character, that it is a sad disappointment to learn that most of what one sees on the screen is untrue.

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.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pay no attention to the critics July 2, 2005
If you are tired of car chases, explosions, gun fights, karate kicks, helicopter stunts or too many special effects then do your brain a favor and go see a movie that actually requires acting skills. Modigliani is a nice break from the overdone Hollywood movies that either copy themselves or try and remake movies from 20 years ago. Don't be as closed minded as the critics, it just ruins the movie experience. Andy Garcia does an outstanding job playing the part of Modigliani and really throws himself and his years of experience into this role and brings his character to life. Elsa Zylberstein who plays the love is Modigliani's life, Jeanne, does equally as well in telling her characters story. Why the critics don't seem to like this movie is a mystery to me but don't let them get to you, this movie truly is a work of art.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Those involved in the making of the film `Modigliani' should be exceedingly proud of this amazingly beautiful and poignant tribute to Modigliani the artist, for truly art and biography have never been so magically blended as accomplished here. I was spellbound from the opening scene of Jeanne Hebuterne's (Elsa Zylberstein) enchanting face staring into the camera to the ending with Amedeo Modigliani (Andy Garcia) dancing around the statue of Balzac on a snowy winters night. Like a poem, it ends and you are left filled with emotion and lost in profundity. `Modigliani' is truly a masterpiece in every sense of the word.

This is a film that belongs in any serious DVD collection. Purchase the CD too, the music is magnificent. My Highest Recommendation!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes." December 22, 2007
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A contemporary and antagonist of his contemporary Pablo Picasso, Amadeo Modigliani (1884-1920), an Italian Jew, makes his mark in pre-world war Paris, an avant garde painter caught up in the heady bohemian atmosphere of a turn-of-the-century city. Barely able to scrape a living together, Modigliani is a tortured soul with infinite curiosity, painting the visions in his head, certainly as groundbreaking as those of the larger-than-life Picasso. While Picasso is the darling of Paris, Amadeo's days are lived in the shadows, a man given to the excesses of drink and drugs to ease the pain of his existence. When he meets his muse in Jeanne Hebuterne (Elsa Zilberstein), the work flows from his brush, a distinctive style that rivals that of his nemesis, Picasso. Indeed, the two painters are much alike in their assurance, although Picasso is much more pragmatic, a crowd-pleaser who disdains poverty in pursuit of art.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie.
This movie was really a wonderful and informative movie. If you like art this is the movie to see. I loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly dark.
Won't give away any details, but it is an interpretation, enjoyed Andy Garcia, as always, and the portrayal of Picasso and Diego Rivera. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GeorgiaPorgia
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a love story
it's a nice love story ... I love it.
Again, it made me cried ... like what I said...
True Love can change the world.
Published 2 months ago by wenlepore
5.0 out of 5 stars Modigliani
What's not to like with Andy Garcia. A very believable rendition of the life of this wild artist whose alcoholism led him to disaster.
Published 3 months ago by Arlene Krane
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS FILM
Andy Garcia does a really amazing job portraying this troubled artist. It was beautifully filmed. I highly recommend this to everyone out there.
Published 4 months ago by susan pingree
5.0 out of 5 stars One problem.
Great movie. Basically historically accurate, and very well acted.
Problem with DVD quality. Part of one scene in the middle of the movie skipped and froze. Very irritating.
Published 5 months ago by michael kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie
One of my favorite movies of all time. I can't get enough of Modiglani - as an artist. This movie really helped to get to know the artist on a personal level. Wonderfully done. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the rough!
A gripping portrayal of this Picasso contemporary and rival. An artist in love with life, in love with love, in love with art. Read more
Published 7 months ago by W.R.Bacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Modigliani!
Passionate story of love and art. The story and acting were top notch. If you like interesting biographical works, you will enjoy this one.
Published 14 months ago by Yvette Sheila Larkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Modigliani
I had never seen this movie and very much enjoyed the storyline! Andy Garcia is great in it and did so much of the music! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sharon E. Mccoy
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The music from the movie Modigliani (Andy Garcia stars)
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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.

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