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Modigliani [DVD]

Andy Garcia , Omid Djalili , Mick Davis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andy Garcia, Omid Djalili
  • Directors: Mick Davis
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Scanbox Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002CPQMXK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,107 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Arriving like a comet, he danced on tables, drunk with passion for life and art and his ending was the tragedy of true genius like Van Gogh and Mozart. He was Modigliani. Paris 1919. Two men - artists, Amedeo Modigliani (Andy Garcia) and Pablo Picasso (Omid Djalili) have a bitter rivalry fuelled by brilliance, arrogance and passion. But Modigliani also has another passion in his life, Jeanne Hebuterne (Elsa Zlyberstein), a beautiful Catholic girl whose only fault in her father s eyes was to fall in love with Modigliani, a Jew. This is the remarkable story of Modigliani s brilliant but tortured genius and the great conflicts of passion he had to face. This is the true story of one amazing man and one of the greatest love tragedies in art history.

Review

Much like Modigliani s sculpture and painting, this film is a masterpiece... Garcia excels in the central role. --Film Is Art

Andy Garcia gives a fearless performance. --Eye Weekly

Both beautiful and tragic. --Metacritic

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hanging is too good for it 6 Aug 2009
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A very disappointing film that fails on several counts, from its dreadfully embarrassing opening scene and the hopelessly mis-cast Andy Garcia as Modigliani, to its load of old cobblers ending.
To begin with, he didn't die like that and the last words on Picassos lips were Modigliani?? Yeah right, I think not. Who ever wrote this tripe did not get a degree in Fine Art.
Whilst I have the greatest respect for Garcia as an actor, this was NOT the right part for him, it's a bit like casting Sylvester Stallone as Shakespeare's Hamlet, 'To be or what?' spoken with a heavy New York City accent. (see Robin Williams hilarious impression).
For a start Modi was young, he was only 34 when he died, he was by all accounts very handsome and he was very slim, in fact he was suffering from malnutrition when he died of T.B. Garcia did not look young and handsome or for that matter malnourished, quite the opposite , he's far too old to play a part like that. (Mind you, Garcia did co produce and co direct this film, maybe that's how he got the part).
In fairness though, we are warned that it is loosely based on Modigliani, this is somewhat of an overstatement to the point of being pure fiction. So why even bother to call the film Modigliani?
Also Picasso never ever regarded Modi as a rival, they painted in totally different styles, as those two utterly appalling paintings we are shown at the end, that Picasso and Modigliani would have turned in there graves at the sight of, proves my point. The films lumpen, leaden script apart from being inaccurate is very badly written and directed and I thought the story line was extremely immature, there was never a painting competition between Modi and Picasso, it just didn't happen.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Modigliani - why the long face? 12 July 2009
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This film was made in 2004 and tells the story of the Italian/Jewish artist Amedeo Modigliani, his doomed love affair with Jeanne (Elsa Zylberstein) a young Catholic girl and his bitter rivalry with Picasso. In many ways it is like a 1950's Hollywood biopic- only not as good or as stylish. The direction is ponderous, the script is laughable in places and while there are many good actors involved - Peter Capaldi, Miriam Margolyes, Jim Carter etc - they are often under-employed, just standing around in the background.

Garcia is just about OK as "Modi"?!? but I couldn't really believe in him as a tortured genius, especially as Modigliani died at 35 and Garcia was 49 when he made the movie. The whole Salon D'Artists competition makes the film into an 'Art X Factor', although we are warned upfront that the film is mostly invention (but not that it is corny, cartoon-like melodrama). There was also no mention of why he painted his elongated figures - because he was influenced by African art.

The film does look good, with the streets of early-20th century Paris beautifully evoked in modern-day Romania. I also really like Omid Djalili as Picasso and the fact that he doesn't bother to change his Iranian accent for a cod Spanish one.

I think Modigliani's story is one that needs to be told but this film does not do justice to a great artist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy but very enjoyable. 27 Nov 2011
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As other reviewers have shown, this is not a serious depiction of the artist's life. As in so many biopics with artistic heroes the actual act of painting appears to be a very easy and trouble free operation, very much secondary to the more important business of being a proto-rock-star bohemian. You are left with no sense that Modigliani is driven by his art, or the journeys of exploration that he undertook to create his masterpieces. Having said this, I must say that I loved it. I am not really sure I want to watch a gut-wrenching tale of addiction, poverty and frustration anyway (we can get all that at home if we want)! The film is beautiful to look at and the characters are all engaging and well-acted, so that we do care what happens to them. Ella Zelberstein is quite stunning and looks just right to have been the model for Modigliani's portraits of the real Jeanne. I liked the device of a young Modigliani appearing as a bystander periodically through the film, until he is led away from his own grave at the end. The soundtrack is great, including lovely tracks by Keedie. All in all watching this film is a pleasant way to spend an evening...I do wish they had taught the cast to pronounce `Modigliani' though, those hard `g's really grated!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pants 31 May 2012
By D. Hill
Format:DVD
I'm not really sure why I sat through to the end of this. I wasn't convinced by any of the actors and the story wasn't fluid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and factually incorrect 9 May 2012
By RichieP
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Clearly a 'star' vehicle for the undoubted talents of Mr Garcia and nicely filmed. However, it's rather dull and factually questionable. Good work from the supporting cast, though, particularly Omid Djalili who makes a reasonably convincing Picasso.There are better ways to discover Modigliani.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amasing 18 Feb 2014
By james
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if u like film house films youll love this , it is a classy dvd with great acting, andy is great in this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good condition 10 Jun 2014
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The DVD was in good condition, even though sound quality not too good. The film itself was disappointing, not fault od distributor. It was slow moving, but it did make me want to know more about Modigliani.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 24 days ago by emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a very nice and well acted film.Knowing nothing of Modigliani prior to viewing, I found it most interesting .
Published 1 month ago by michael cook
4.0 out of 5 stars very good one
this dvd was so good and very well done and yes like his last year of his life ..... thank you
Published 2 months ago by stephen guy everard
5.0 out of 5 stars Modigliani video
Just bought a print of this artists work and wanted to get a flavour of his past. Not sure whether or not this portrays it accurately but Garcia is a great actor and we like him!. Read more
Published 7 months ago by dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Brilliant film. Slow to start but I love Andy Garcia so that wasn't a problem. Very sad true story amazing artist
Published 10 months ago by jan Fudge
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
It so sad at the end. Modighani is so love with a woman and it so passionly. and died from gangs kicking.
Published 11 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Madness in Art
Found it intense and not exactly a 'laugh a minute' but, if you do't mind being depressed for a couple of hours it's a very 'watchable' film.
Published 11 months ago by elizabeth
1.0 out of 5 stars A very poor film; avoid!
Apart from one or two scenes looking quite attractive, being well lit and artfully composed, that's it! This is a complete turkey of a move with almost nothing to recommend it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lucky Pierre
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