The Moderns is a 1988 film directed by Alan Rudolph. It was produced by David Blocker, Shep Gordon and Carolyn Pfeiffer. The screenplay was written by Jon Bradshaw and Alan Rudolph. The film stars Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, Geneviève Bujold, Geraldine Chaplin, Wallace Shawn, Kevin J. O’Connor and John Lone.
The storyline is set in 1926 Paris, France during the period of the Lost Generation and at the height of modernist literature. It follows Nick Hart an American artist who is living in Paris amongst of the greatest writers and artists of the time, including Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Nick finds himself torn between his wife, Rachel and Nathalie de Ville who hires him to forge her paintings.
Meg Tilly was due to play the part of Rachel Stone but withdrew from the production due to scheduling conflicts. Linda Fiorentino was then signed to replace her. For the role of Bertram Stone, Mick Jagger and Sam Shepard were considered before John Lone was cast. Isabella Rossellini screen tested for the role of Nathalie de Ville but lost to Geraldine Chaplin.
Upon its release The Moderns received positive reviews from critics. Roger Ebert from the Chicago Tribune, said “sort of a source study for the Paris of Ernest Hemingway in the 1920s; it’s a movie about the raw material he shaped into The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast, and it also includes raw material for books by Gertrude Stein, Malcolm Cowley and Clifford Irving”.
The Moderns is not considered to be a commercial success having been produced on a fairly modest budget of $5m, it only took $2,011,497 at the US box office.
Year of Film
Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, Geneviève Bujold, Geraldine Chaplin, Wallace Shawn, Kevin J. O’Connor, John Lone
Origin of Film
Genre(s) of Film
Comedy | Drama | Romance
Budget: $5,000,000 (Estimated)
Opening Weekend: Unknown
Gross: $2,011,497 (USA)
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