Organized by the Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles and SDIFF.
“Artiste maudit,” scandalous genius and indisputable master of 20th-century art: “Maverick Modigliani” is a portrayal of Amedeo Modigliani, the famous Italian Jewish painter, that goes beyond the legendary.
Born in Livorno, Tuscany, Dedo or Modì, as he was known, lived a short, tormented life, narrated here from an original point ofview—that of his young common-law wife, Jeanne Hébuterne. Together with theRussian aspiring poetess Anna Achmatova and the English journalist BeatriceHastings, these were the women whose portraits he painted, and whose faces became the icons of his art.
The action of the film unwinds through museum halls, enriched by the works of the Albertina in Vienna and the splendid exhibition dedicated to the artist at Livorno’s City Museum, as well as the National Gallery of Artin Washington and the great museums and art collections in Paris.
With an introduction on the artist by Gloria Williams Sander, Curator at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
In English, with some parts in French and Italian with English subtitles.