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Modigliani of Montparnasse


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    Cahiers du cinéma: Jean-Luc Godard
    May 1958 | Godard on Godard (pp. 74-75)

    It is wrong to call this the most Bressonian film by the director of the splendid Rue de l'Estrapade, because in agreeing to shoot Montparnasse 19, [Becker] has not yielded to the temptation of the absolute but to the call of the void.

  • In Les Amants de Montparnasse, even the odd, spectacular shot of sunlit, Provençal rooftops (reminiscent of Marcel Pagnol comedies) is tied to Modigliani’s point-of-view. But this apparent fidelity to human scale allows Becker to pull off a visual and emotional coup so audacious not even Ophuls, Becker’s mentor Renoir or Modigliani’s acquaintance and one-time subject Cocteau quite managed.