Les Amants de Montparnasse (Montparnasse 19) (The Lovers of Montparnasse) (Heroes in White)
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Les Amants de Montparnasse (Montparnasse 19) (The Lovers of Montparnasse) (Heroes in White)
Montparnasse 19 is better known as Modigliani, which is also the name of its protagonist. In broad, melodramatic strokes, screenwriter Max Ophuls and director Jacques Becker offer their spin on the tragic, troubled life of Italian abstract painter Amedeo Modigliani. As played by Gerard Philipe, Modigliani is first seen as the derelict he became during his days as a resident of rundown Montparnasse in 1919. His one chance for redemption through the love of the beautiful Jeanne (Anouk Aimee) is thwarted by his hateful family. Another contributing factor to Modigliani's downfall is debauched… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Becker's humanism is unwavering, even when confronting such stereotypes as the rich American philistine or the uncomprehending working man."
‑ , Time Out
"As a whole, the film is somewhat of a failure for Becker, but there are enough fine moments to recommend it."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The one bright spot is Miss Palmer, who acts with the breezy air of one who looks upon drunken artists as amusements. Maybe that's the way to look at this film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A hauntingly moving portrait about the last year or so in the life of the early 20th-century painter Modigliani."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A highly personal effort by one of the idols of the New Wave generation."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader