"Don't confuse sex and love, Mr. Hart, it will spoil both of them for you."
- Nathalie De Ville (Geraldine Chaplin) to Nick (Keith Carradine)
Variety - 04/13/1988
"...The artistic world of Paris in the 1920s comes to life as if in a lustrous dream in THE MODERNS....Shawn, Bujold and Chaplin are all amusingly on target..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/19/1988
"...A sweet, devious meditation on art, love, life and artifice..."
Director-screenwriter Alan Rudolph turns his eye on 1926 Paris for this elegant, wry film. Keith Carradine and Linda Fiorentino star as Nick and Rachel, former lovers who reunite amid the artist-packed cafes and salons. He's a painter hanging out with pals Ernest Hemingway (Kevin J. O'Connor) and gossip Oiseu (Wallace Shawn). She's an alcoholic trapped in a loveless marriage to bullying businessman and art collector Bertram Stone (John Lone). As he and Rachel yell, drink, and fall back in love, Nick also finds himself in a scheme to forge some classic works by Cezanne, Modigliani, and Matisse, leading to incredible complications when Rachel's husband buys them.
Freely working with a cast that mixes real and fictitious characters, Rudolph finds a lot to say about art, love, commerce, and the birth of modernity. Lush photography and fine performances, particularly those of Lone, O'Connor, and Geneviève Bujold as Nick's art dealer, make this a fond and loving artistic tribute to a time that still reverberates today with its unheralded creative impact.
Paris in the 1920s--there was nothing more modern. It was a time when anything could happen and usually did. It's here that Nick, a struggling American painter, becomes obsessed with capturing the beautiful Rachel and begins a life of deceit centering around her husband.
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Filmed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Geneviève Bujold won the 1988 Los Angeles Film Critic's Association Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in THE MODERNS and DEAD RINGERS. Mark Isham also won for Best Music.