"Modigliani (Montparnasse 19)"
Directed by Jacques Becker
Jacques Becker inherited
this project from Max Ophuls, who co-wrote the screenplay but died before
production started. The film is an examination of the art and dissolute life
of the 19th-century French painter Modigliani (Gerard Philipe). The story
tracks Modigliani's affairs with British poet Beatrice Hastings (Lilli
Palmer) and Jeanne (Anouk Aimee), his mistress and model in the final years
of his life. "A quiet masterpiece that ultimately soars to sublimity"
(Andrew Sarris). With Gerard Sety, Lino Ventura, Lila Kedrova and Lea
Padovani. French with English subtitles. 110 minutes.