The Lovers of Montparnasse
Les amants de Montparnasse
1958, Jacques Becker, France, 108 min.
- Sat, Jan 12th 3:00pm
“An outpouring of passionate and flamboyant style, a furious cinematic revolt against
restraint."--Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Prepared by the fatally ill Max Ophuls, the film was taken over by Becker, who rewrote the script to accommodate his customary emphases on character and setting. It details the final years of the Italian-born unappreciated genius Amedeo Modigliani (Gérard Philipe) as he struggles to survive in Paris, wracked by drug addiction and alcoholism, enabled by his British lover (Lilli Palmer), accompanied by a loyal rich girl (Anouk Aimée), and stalked by a predatory art dealer (Lino Ventura). In French with English subtitles. DCP courtesy of the Institut Français; thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. (MR)