I recently watched the Modigliani movie, thanks to fellow artist Leith. I think it's generally a challenging thing for a movie maker to create a film about an artist that is interesting, believable, and not too Hollywood-ized. Other notable artist movies
in recent years include Frida (Kahlo), (Jackson) Pollock and (Jean Michel) Basquiat.
Anyway, the Modigliani movie, starring Andy Garcia as Amedeo Modigliani was really quite watchable. Its set in the 1920s around the streets of Paris, focusing on the struggles of being an artist, Modigliani's relationship troubles, alcohol abuse, and his rivalry with Pablo Picasso. I didn't realize there was such a rivalry with Modi and Pablo.. so perhaps it was just exaggerated for the sake of entertainment, or I haven't read much about Modigliani (probably the latter).
Some parts were a bit exaggerated, like when Modigliani and Picasso finally sign up to enter a competition, but it was mostly quite easy to watch. The Gertrude Stein character was just how I imagined she would be from the famous Picasso painting of her.
Although the Basquiat movie is still my favorite artist movie, the Modigliani movie got me inspired enough to go get the brushes wet.
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