I must admit Alan Rudolph's work is hard to either greatly admire or sternly criticize. He has become one of these directors, like David Cronenberg or Paul Verhooven, that some love and some despise. But, the reality is it is hard to know where such directors stand. I must say that my feeling that Rudolph's films were too much like his mentor Robert Altman's has been changed upon seeing "The Moderns." While I am a huge fan of Altman, it has been hard for me too admire directors that seem too merely imitate him. But, this film is much more surreal than anything that Altman has done, especially in recent years. The film also establishes a clear mood and setting. Rudolph also selects very solid shots throughout the film. If there has been one disadvantage of the cinema medium over stage, it is that the audience can not see an actor's immediate response to a given situation because the focus is on another character. But, here Rudolph lets you inside virtually each of the characters. The cast is also solid. Keith Carradine is at his best. It is a shame that he now apparently has to go to Iceland to find cinematic roles, but if one thinks Jeff Bridges is an underrated actor there is proof- at least in this film--- that Carradine has been overlooked even more. I also think Wallace Shawn is great here, which is amazing considering that I am NOT a fan of the film "My Dinner with Andre." And, lastly Mark Isham's score is brilliant in this film. It may not be a film for all tastes, and because of its simplistic nature it is understandable why this film gets lost in the shuffle when it comes to discussions about great films from the 80s. Nevertheless, I think it is a remarkable film if not for anything else it does prove that an American can make a great movie set in Paris, which is not a musical, even if it was (as this film was) shot in Montreal!
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The Moderns (1988)
A struggling artist is hired to forge paintings, causing him to cross paths with his ex-wife and her powerful new husband.
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The Synopsis for The Moderns (1988) 720p
Nick Hart is a struggling American artist who lives amongst the expatriate community in 1920s Paris. He spends most of his time drinking and socializing in local cafés and pestering gallery owner Libby Valentin to sell his paintings. He becomes involved in a plot by wealthy art patroness Nathalie de Ville to forge three paintings. This leads to several run-ins with American rubber magnate Bertram Stone, who happens to be married to Hart's ex-wife Rachel.
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Rudolph's best! (Along with perhaps Choose Me).Reviewed byTilly GokbudakVote: 7/10
A pointless film. I have no problem with the film being shot in Montreal or the obvious Quebec accents. I'm not nitpicking here. The story is pointless, the movie is so unentertaining that I needed to check the time several times and I still can't believe it's "just" 2 hours long.
The film is not sure what it wants to be. A criticism of the art world while glamorizing the 20's and the artists of the era? A criticism of the rich who fund the art world while the film idolizes the artist? A story about a divorcing couple? Forgery? What is it exactly?
The 20's thing is just a backdrop. This story could've taken place at any time in any place, but we are given the roaring 20's to make this story more palatable. Most of the good reviews would not even consider watching the film if it were set in modern day New York.
I love the 20's and Europe at the time, but that's not enough for me to watch a bad movie with a poor script.
That's just my opinion. You don't have to believe me, see it for yourself, but then come back and leave a review because if you just quietly walk away from this mess, then it'll only be the 10 star reviews that will stay.
If Paris was this dull no one would have remembered it. This is a long sophomore love letter to a time when 'artists' (it's important to use inverted commas to show that artists are not real people but vaunted beings) were friends and foes and life was full of artistic dilemmas.
What do they say to each other? They talk in idiotic paradoxes because a paradox is a great way to reveal a truth in the opposite of what it states; they compose pretentious aphorisms on everything: don't confuse love and lust as the one is...it's meant to be the way artists talk - ever so profound and not mundane despite being short of money but sure of their future posterity.
It's rubbish writing dressed up in an introductory college course on modernism in the 1920s.
Americans went to Paris after world war one because the franc crashed and their dollars were worth a lot more; secondly, they liked the libertarian life of Paris compared to tight-lipped USA. Hemingway and Stein never learned French - they lived in a colony of expatriates, they never assimilated.
As to the story of this movie the less said so much the better. The actors are flat, and no wonder with the abysmal lines they are given, but he story is pure hokum too.