- 2 hr 8 min
Modigliani is a biopic film based on the life and work of the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, directed by Mick Davis and released in 2004. The movie stars Andy Garcia as Modigliani and Elsa Zylberstein as his love interest, Jeanne HÃ©buterne. The film takes place in Paris during the early 20th century, where Modigliani lives as a struggling artist in the bohemian Montmartre neighborhood. Modigliani is known for his unique style, which combines elements of Italian Renaissance art with African masks, and he becomes part of a circle of artists that includes Pablo Picasso (played by Omid Djalili), Maurice Utrillo (Peter Capaldi), and AndrÃ© Derain (Louis Hilyer).
The film portrays Modigliani as a charismatic and passionate artist who is constantly struggling with poverty, alcoholism, and his own demons. He is deeply in love with Jeanne, a young art student who is also the mother of his child, but their relationship is complicated by his infidelity, his indifference towards her family, and his inability to provide for them.
Modigliani's life is further complicated by his rivalry with Picasso, who is depicted as a ruthless and arrogant artist who is deeply jealous of Modigliani's talent and popularity. The movie depicts Modigliani as a tormented but inspiring figure, who is deeply committed to his art and his vision.
The film's visual style is one of its strengths, with beautiful cinematography and stunning recreations of Montmartre's art scene. The movie uses a vibrant color palette and a mixture of different visual styles, including animation and impressionistic montages, to create a dreamlike atmosphere that reflects Modigliani's creative and imaginative spirit.
Garcia's performance as Modigliani is a highlight of the movie, capturing the artist's complex personality and emotional depth. Garcia brings a sense of intensity and passion to the role, and his chemistry with Zylberstein is palpable, making their love story one of the movie's emotional core.
The supporting cast is also strong, with Djalili bringing a sense of humor and playfulness to his portrayal of Picasso. Capaldi and Hilyer are also excellent as Utrillo and Derain, respectively, adding depth and nuance to their characters.
Modigliani is a moving and poignant film that captures the spirit of one of the most talented and influential artists of the 20th century. The movie portrays the struggles and triumphs of a true artistic genius, and offers a window into the bohemian lifestyle of Paris in the early 20th century. With excellent performances, beautiful visuals, and a compelling story, Modigliani is a must-watch for anyone interested in art or history.
Modigliani is a 2004 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 8 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 25.