Modigliani * Mick Davis * 2004

In the early 20th century the Italian modern painter Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) lived in the artistic city of Paris. He was popular among fellow painters and the inhabitents of Paris, but he couldn’t compete with the well-selling competitor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). The two had a strange relationship. The film -as the title suggests- is about “Modi”, but gives his setting in the Parisian artistic circles. Starting as a playboy, Modigliani went downwards to being an alcoholic, drug-addict and this eventually led to his untimely death. Untimely because he became only 36 years old, but also because he died on the evening of his breakthrough. “Modigliani” is a nice film if you are interested in this part of (art)history, but generally speaking it is a not too special drama. 16/7/06>

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