He neither looks nor acts like Picasso, who was filmed and photographed so much we know quite exactly what he was like. Still you gotta see this. And then there is an even worse fit, the man playing the short fiery Spaniard named Picasso, an Iranian-British comedian name Omid Djalili. His girlfriend, Jeanne, who was supposed to be 19 when the artist met her, is played with surprising unevenness by the usually talented Elsa Zylberstein, who was almost twice that age, Thank god those two aren’t around breathing the same air as me anymore! Has the film a USA distributor? Anyone, not with all the better artist films out there. I was glued to the screen from start to finish and have recommended it to everyone.
The genius of Modigliani is barely tapped. You may say, “How melodramatic” but life sometimes is more dramatic than any work of art or literature. If the editing was a little better we would have a real winner. Too many facts are totally invented, and alter deeply the personality of Modigliani, as well as the real course of the events, relationships, and even time line Edit Piaf was definitely not singing yet at the time of the movie. It’s nice to watch, the acting is good, the direction is good and the story is engaging. We are all surrounded by those big blockbuster movies nowadays and it is so nice to see Modigliani, a real gem. It is avowedly based on characters not events and most of the latter are invented: His lover, his muse, and the mother of his daughter, 21 year old Jeanne Heubeten who was pregnant with their second child by the time of Amedeo’s death, did not want and could not survive him.
Or, watch paint dry. Not since Steven Boyd sucked his last gasp in Ben Hur has a character expelled air with such profound pathos. One five minute scene almost qualified as good. Same thing with the couple’s love story which is totally overlooked.
And special thanks to the private funders, whose support of independent productions make movies with meaning possible — and in this case, turned a relatively obscure dream into modiglianl wonderful reality! Among them, Picasso’s and Modigliani’s visit to one of the titans of 19 century, August Renoir in his country mansion.
The Hitch and Robots crowds will have a hard time pronouncing the title let along paying ten bucks to walk through the doors of the local multiplex to catch this one.
It took a while for me to get into it, but by the end I really liked it a lot.
Andy Garcia is far most the only ‘star’ in the movie but that gives the movie a certain amount of credibility. Elsa Zylberstein gives a very irritating, mannered performance.
It has some very strong features such as the cinematography that captures the artsy feeling of Paris and, despite excesses, manages to create some visuals of hallucinations and the wild madness of painters painting canvasses; a rather complex peak into the lives of several of the more revolutionary artists of the time; and a substantial feeling for the interchange between artist and model.
This period piece is beautifully done. She looked just like a Modigliani painting. Well, an awful movie, awful The rest were simply not believable as the artists they were impersonating: And the final dilm suicide, as well.
I really liked the movie. Maybe it’s too hard to convey that on screen. Don’t waste your time or money on this nonsense. The memories of Amedeo about his childhood, the teljess of “Modigliani-the little boy “, the incapacity of resisting to temptations and the permanent psychological pressure given by having such a rivalry have driven him to auto-destruction.
Picasso was nothing like this physically – he was athletic, robust, virile,oozing sexual power. Being a rather technical, introverted guy, I cannot sympathize with any of the characters. His name, “Amedeo”, has such a beautiful and sad meaning, knowing the story of his short life.
So, for the first hour, the film struggled almost as much as its protagonist but then, fjlm happened. The worst part is a montage sequence when paintings are being revealed at an art competition. Modi and his wife had a deeply dysfunctional relationship in real life, not the idealized one we see on screen, but that’s not the point. The cinematography is gritty and gorgeous, like life at the turn of the century.
Too bad, too, because ultimately “M” left me mostly unmoved and wanting to take a trip to The Prado; rather than nodigliani a vain and valiant Andy Garcia doing his Leaving Las Vegas cocktail chug-a-lug tumble down the auteur hole of dipsomania and consumption.
As the title suggests, this is a film about time and life of one of the most charismatic Artists of the last century, Amedeo Modigliani – It is more than a cinematographic production. That is the one redeeming aspect of this yucky mess.
Modigliani health was very poor, and his life style did not help it. The soundtrack is perfectly chosen to amplify the feelings transmitted by the excellent performance of the actors. If the editing was a little better we would have a real winner. I find Modigliani a movie worth to be seen! And then there is an even worse fit, the man playing the short fiery Spaniard named Picasso, an Iranian-British comedian name Omid Djalili.
This more or less completely useless film is hopelessly stuck in a romantic as in 19th century view of the artist as a lonely, struggling genius.
The couple dancing in the dark at night in the street, the little boy Modigliani as childPicasso being the first morigliani to recognize Modi’s talent He applauds firstthe punchline “I ‘ll paint your eyes when I know your soul” If you want to watch a film about an artist, watch Lust for Life. I agree with the comments about the lack of truth in this movie, regarding the facts in the life of Modigliani.
As a tragedy, generally a movie about a tragic couple shouldn’t make you think, “phew! He neither looks nor acts like Picasso, who was filmed and photographed so much we know quite exactly what he was like. Acting values range from screaming to sublime. Anyone, not with all the better artist films out there.
The supporting actors, particularly the ones who played Renoir and Picasso, were a delight. So, what do I think of “Modigliani”, the movie directed by Mick Davis? The subject matter was of particular interest to me as I am an artist. Not for an actual representation of modiglianis life or that era, just for it being a good film, dealing with passion, loyalty, madness, love and hate.
Anyway, he did a great role.