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Montparnasse 19 (Les amants de Montparnasse) by Jacques Becker, Max Ophüls

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Marking the centenary of the death of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, the IIC Melbourne presents the online screening of Montparnasse 19

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Marking the centenary of the death of Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), the Italian Cultural Institutes in Melbourne and Sydney organize a double event: the online screening of Montparnasse 19, film by Jacques Becker (Thursday 9th July) and a webinar on the artist by the art historian Dr. Roberta Crisci (Thursday 16th July).

Montparnasse 19 (Les amants de Montparnasse) directed by Jacques Becker, Max Ophüls [France, Italy, 108', 1958] in French with English subtitles.

The film chronicles the last days of the alcoholic, tubercular artist Amedeo Modigliani in Montparnasse, Paris. It charts his relationships with three women: a masochistic British journalist, a kindly bistro owner, and a young innocent who models for some of his most famous paintings.

A favorite of Jean-Luc Godard, this portrait of a dying artist was intended to be made by Max Ophüls, but the legendary filmmaker fell ill before production. Jacques Becker, hand-picked by Ophüls, took over and made it his own, crafting a moving film for the ages, filled with humanism and sincerity.

The screening is organized in collaboration with the streaming service platform MUBI.

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