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Montparnasse 19 DVD
Drama



Montparnasse 19

Montparnasse 19, a film about the tragic final years in the life of Italian painter and sculptor Amadeo Modigliani, was itself beset by tragedy. Max Ophuls, the famed director of Letter from an Unknown Woman and Le Plaisir, died during its production, leaving his friend Jacques Becker to complete the picture. Its lead performer too, the great French actor Gérard Philippe, would succumb to cancer just over a year after its release.

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.

Production Year: 1958
Region Code: 2
UK Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 108
Number of Discs: 1
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Audio: 1.0 Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Colour: B&W
TITLE NAME
Director Jacques Becker
Cast Gérard Philipe
Cast Lilli Palmer
Cast Lea Padovani

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, from materials supplied by Gaumont
  • Original 1.0 mono sound
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Jacques Becker and the Artistic Condition, a 55-minute documentary on the making of Montparnasse 19 featuring interviews with Anouk Aimée, Françoise Fabian and Jean Becker
  • Newly filmed appreciation of the film by Ginette Vincendeau, author of The BFI Companion to French Cinema and Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

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