I was lucky to see this movie in Paris where this movie was firstreleased in the cinemas. I was really impressed by the brilliantperformances of Andy Garcia and Elsa Zylberstein and the rest of the cast. Andy Garcia is a VERY versatile and extremely talented actor. We may already know this story is about the last years' of life of the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani and set in Paris in 1919. However this movie has a new approach and new ideas and it is not an ordinary biography movie. The spirit of Paris in that period comes alive in this movie. Everyone who involved in this movie <more>
worked with passion and passion is actually a main theme of this movie.I totally enjoyed seeing this movie and I hope that this movie will be released widely and many people will be able to see it. We are all surrounded by those big blockbuster movies nowadays and it is so nice to see Modigliani, a real gem.
I really liked the movie. it is beautifully shot and the acting is great and that also counts for the beautiful story of this painter. Sure, if you are not into 'art' movies this wont be something for you but if you like a movie that is not a Hollywood blockbuster and if you like Garcia, i'm sure that you will like the movie. Andy Garcia is far most the only 'star' in the movie but that gives the movie a certain amount of credibility. If there would have been to many A listers, the movie wouldn't have worked like it does now. Although the movie is set in the <more>
1920-1930's there is also a modern part the scene where everyone is painting their masterworks for the exibition with some lounge music on the background is gorgeous! . So if you want to see a true actor's movie check it out!
Kudos to those involved with this project which allows movie-goers to understand a little more about the private life and time of Amadeu Modigliani. 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 a wonderful reality!This period piece is beautifully done. The acting is superb, as well as the cinematography, editing, music and writing. And did I mention the acting? Wow! Andy Garcia was brilliant, along with excellent performances by Elsa Zylberstein as Jean <more>
Hébuterne , Omid Djalili as Picasso and cameo by the Romanian actor who played Renoir.Thank you for this beautiful work which, I'm sure, will be appreciated for years to come!
a great love story, if not entirely factual (by lizlizliz)
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. And other artistic licenses were taken with his life, too. Anyone going to see this movie expecting a documentary about a painter is in the wrong theater. It may also not be an accurate portrayal of the artist himself and what motivated him. Maybe it's too hard to convey that on screen. Who alive could tell Davis who the real Modigliani was anyway? This is a love story, pure and simple, and on that level, it succeeds. Yes, there are the inconsistent <more>
accents, yes the baby is a little young. And no, a painter would never break a treasured brush in half to celebrate the completion of a painting. That out of the way, the music is perfect, amazing, gutsy and wonderful. Zylberstein is brilliant and deserves a great deal of peer recognition for her portrayal of Jeanne, Modi's wife. Garcia is fantastic; subtle, beautiful, deep. The supporting actors, particularly the ones who played Renoir and Picasso, were a delight. Like life and love, the film is funny, oblique, moving. and tragic. The cinematography is gritty and gorgeous, like life at the turn of the century. Go see this film and enjoy!
Ignore any negative criticism you may have read about this film and just see it. Andy Garcia gives his best performance ever in this piece. The entire cast is excellent, the costumes are amazing, and the sets are fantastic. The audience is drawn into the genius of Modigliani very eloquently, and the tension between Picasso and Modigliani is portrayed in an engaging and creative manner. I won't continue on with affected accolades on this one. Simply put, it's a great rent! Of course, you can criticize any film. I would have liked to have seen a little more of the unique artistic genius <more>
of Modigliani portrayed, but that is a minor gripe.
Very well done move of a fascinating slice of life rarely seen. (by pyramidalapex)
Superbly acted, photographed, and recreation of the times, both visually and culturally. Left me wondering where the art used in the film came from. The actress who played Modigliani's girlfriend was portrayed so well in the art that it makes me think someone created the art just for the film. But when paintings are created for films you can always tell! And here it's art of famous painters whose work and style is very well known. The paintings used in this film appeared absolutely genuine!Ever wondered where artist's inspiration comes from? This film reveals where these important <more>
painters thought theirs was coming from--an on-the-edge lifestyle that didn't last long for reasons made clear in the film. For the record, I disagree with Messrs. Modigliani and Picasso . . .Fascinating! Great job Andy! Great film!
An Amazing Film, An Amazing Performance (by Tiny-13)
The story of Modigliani is well-known. However, this film gives it life with a wonderful script, amazing cinematography, and mind-blowing performances by Andy Garcia and Elsa Zylberstein, a little-known French actress. I was glued to the screen from start to finish and have recommended it to everyone. If this film, Garcia, and Zylberstein don't receive Academy Award nominations, there's something wrong with Hollywood... at least more than is already wrong with it.Run don't walk to the nearest theatre showing "Modigiliani". Forget the mega-publicized studio films being <more>
released now Winter 2004-2005 . See it while you can. It's a true find, and one that will stay with you long after you left the theatre.
A Trip Back in time to the Magical World of The Artist (by SandyZ7)
This film must be considered an "Art" film - not a commercial film and you must watch it with different eyes. Taking that tone - It was throughly enjoying and the sets, costumes and art direction were done extremely well. The casting and acting was excellent and believable but some sceneswere too drawn out. If the editing was a little better we would have a real winner. However I can recommend this film to anyone who loves art and painting. It really portrays the feelings of the artists and how they lived. Go See It - You'll enjoy it!
Enjoyed the movie. (by sjm9)
It took a while for me to get into it, but by the end I really liked it a lot. It could have been more consistent and seamless--the casting was so-so. In the first part of the movie the intensity of the characters didn't come across, but as the movie progressed, especially near the end, their emotions were more convincing and believable. The music was possibly the most passionate and moving part of the whole thing -- I hope a sound track is released. I liked the sets, the costumes and filming was pretty good. The subject matter was of particular interest to me as I am an artist. It's <more>
probably not for everyone and definitely not for those who like formula, action films.