Modigliani ★★½ Montparnasse 19; The Lovers of Montparnasse; Modigliani of Montparnasse 1958
Life of dissolute 19th-century painter Modigliani (Philipe), which tracks his affairs with British poet Beatrice Hastings (Palmer) and later mistress Jeanne (Aimee), who commits suicide shortly before his death. Female performances make up for the lackluster lead. Becker inherited the film from director Max Ophuls, who co-wrote the screenplay but who died before the start of production. In French with English subtitles. 110m/B VHS . FR Gerard Philipe, Lilli Palmer, Anouk Aimee, Gerard Sety, Lino Ventura, Lila Kedrova, Lea Padovani; D: Jacques Becker; W: Max Ophuls, Henri Jeanson, Jacques Becker.