The Moderns (1988)

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Paris, 1926. Nick Hart is an unsuccesful American artist living in Paris, already 33 and still not famous. He is paid to copy three paintings, Cézanne, Matisse and Modigliani for a wealthy Nathalie de Ville, whose intention is to keep the originals and leave Nick's copies as divorce settlement. After Nathalie's husband dies she decides not to honour the deal, and has the originals stolen from Nick's studio. However, instead of originals, the copies are taken. Nick succeeds selling the originals to art collector Bertram Stone, who at the gala opening of his collection is made to believe (by Nathalie) that he has bought the fakes. Consequently Bertram destroys the originals and commits suicide. Nick's fakes end up as originals in New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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