Montparnasse 19
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In tracing the latter part of Modigliani's life, Montparnasse 19, focuses on the key figures during his time in Paris - his patron Léopold Zborowski (played by Gérard Séty) and two muses, Beatrice Hastings (Lilli Palmer) and Jeanne Hébuterne (Anouk Aimée) - and his gradual descent into alcoholism and drug addiction. The end results, both hauntingly beautiful and savagely ironic, are really quite remarkable. A fitting tribute to the outstanding careers of Ophuls and Philippe, and another excellent entry in the equally superb filmography of Becker, a filmmaker who is finally getting his due.
Starring Gérard Philipe, Lilli Palmer, Anouk Aimée
Director Jacques Becker