Modigliani of Montparnasse


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Art and a MovieArt and a Movie

Modigliani of Montparnasse

  • 1958
  • Directed By: Jacques Becker
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama
  • 108 Minutes
  1. Sunday, December 4, 2016 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Modigliani of Montparnasse

Like its subject, this feature-length biopic of the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) had a tragic history. The first director, Max Ophüls, died suddenly during filming; the second director, Jacques Becker, passed away within two years of its completion; and the actor, Gérard Philipe, was gravely ill and died at 36 (the same age as the artist he portrayed) before the film’s release. While these sad coincidences overshadowed the film, it is recognized for its cinematography and a narrative approach that is more of “a fantasy, a hallucination, a nightmare” than straight biography. In French with English subtitles. (HD Presentation)

Gallery Talk: Modigliani in Focus

December 4 – Sunday – 2:00–2:30 p.m.
Gallery of the Art of the Western World, Doris Steinmetz Kellett Gallery of Twentieth-Century Art, first floor Nan Brewer, the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, will discuss two original drawings by Amedeo Modigliani from the museum’s collection.

These programs are presented in partnership with the Eskenazi Museum of Art and IU Cinema and are sponsored by Marsha R. Bradford and Harold A. Dumes. Gallery talks take place in the Eskenazi Museum of Art, and films are screened at IU Cinema.