The Lovers of Montparnasse

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The Lovers of Montparnasse
Theatrical poster
Directed by Jacques Becker
Max Ophüls
Produced by Sandro Pallavicini
Written by Novel:
Michel-Georges Michel
Jacques Becker
Henri Jeanson
Starring Gérard Philipe
Lilli Palmer
Lino Ventura
Anouk Aimée
Music by Paul Misraki
Cinematography Christian Matras
Edited by Marguerite Renoir
Distributed by Les Acacias
Release date
  • 4 April 1958 (1958-04-04)
Running time
108 minutes
Country France
West Germany
Language French

The Lovers of Montparnasse (French: Les Amants de Montparnasse), also known as Montparnasse 19, is a 1958 French-Italian drama film chronicling the last year of the life of the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani who worked and died in abject poverty in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris, France.[1]

It was originally directed by Max Ophüls, but he died of rheumatic heart disease while shooting interiors on the film, so his name was credited as dedicatee; his friend Jacques Becker took over after Ophüls's death and completed filming.

There are at least two versions of the film; the longer version is about 2 hours long and has more scenes featuring the character of Léopold Zborowski.



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