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Who Was Modigliani? [VHS]


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  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Homevision
  • VHS Release Date: June 13, 2000
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303201806
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,993 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1917, an outraged police chief ordered five oil paintings, all nudes, removed from a Paris art gallery. It was the only one-man exhibition Modigliani ever held. Two years later, the controversial Italian painter was dead at the age of 35, and the legends began to grow. Who Was Modigliani? delves into the conflicting views of Modigliani's all-too-brief life in Paris. Being painted by Modigliani, says one former model, was "like having one's soul laid bare." His paintings, which seem to caress female figures, reflect Modigliani's love of women. Modigliani's daughter Jeanne and Russian sculptress Chana Orloff testify that Modigliani drank himself to death, and that his inconsolable mistress, Jeanne's mother, killed herself just days later. From this moving account of a defiant genius, a highly romantic, tragic figure emerges.

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In 1917, an outraged police chief ordered five oil paintings, all nudes, removed from a Paris art gallery. It was the only one-man exhibition Modigliani ever held. Two years later, the controversial Italian painter was dead at the age of 35, and the legends began to grow. Who Was Modigliani? delves into the conflicting views of Modigliani's all-too-brief life in Paris. Being painted by Modigliani, says one former model, was "like having one's soul laid bare." His paintings, which seem to caress female figures, reflect Modiglianis love of women. Modigliani's daughter Jeanne and Russian sculptress Chana Orloff testify that Modigliani drank himself to death, and that his inconsolable mistress, Jeanne's mother, killed herself just days later. From this moving account of a defiant genius, a highly romantic, tragic figure emerges.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "jaburke@vassar.edu" on December 8, 2000
I couldn't disagree more with the only other review of this abyssymal video. I don't know what that person was thinking, and I blame them 'for every penny' i wasted on the this joke of a documentary. For one thing, it's part of a series, so there was no info on the soundtrack or the production (which to some people are essential). There being only about six photographs of modigliani in evidence, the directors of this crudfest use them over and over in a million different ways. This and the deadpan narration do anything but justice to such a great man. He'd turn over in his grave if i gave it anything more than a sixteenth of a star. Don't buy it. It's a complete and total waste of time and money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2000
This is a rare video on a man of whom little is known. It is worth every penny. The only reason I gave 4 stars (rather than 5) is that it was TOO SHORT. It was only 1 hour. But it was worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Plethora of Readers on December 5, 2008
This isn't a bad film, if you view it as fiction. Why so many interesting aspects of the artist's life were misrepresented, or plainly fabricated, is beyond me.
It's always irritating to me when fiction is passed off as biographical. If you use the man's name, use the man's life. If it's a life worth documenting, then it's a life worth documenting accurately.
I'm all for a measure of creative license. Certainly, some is necessary in a feature film format. This one went beyond. Even the art was fabricated. Not just reproductions of existing paintings, but paintings that don't exist (i.e. Picasso never painted a portrait of Modigliani).
There are a number of biographies and a documentary about Modigliani if you're interested in his real-not-hollywoodized life, and work. Heck, read wikipedia. You'll learn more about the man.
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By GD in NYC on April 29, 2014
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I know this is a VHS tape, however I am a big fan of Amedeo Modigliani and this is a rare item to find. This is an extremely well informed documentary film that is loaded with lost and valuable information about the great artist. Awesomet film.
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This video provides helpful hints about Modigliani's way of thinking and painting. The best (perhaps only) documentary available in the market about this artist from whom so little is known...
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