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The Picasso Summer (1969)

M  -  Drama  -  1969 (USA)
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A San Francisco couple travels to France in search of Pablo Picasso.

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George Smith
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Alice Smith
Luis Miguel Dominguín ...
Luis Miguel Dominguín
Theodore Marcuse ...
The Host (as Theo Marcuse)
Jim Connell ...
The Artist
Sopwith Camel ...
Sopwith Camel
Peter Madden ...
Blind Man
Tutte Lemkow ...
Drunk
Graham Stark ...
Postman
Kay Reynolds
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Man at Party
Georgina Cookson ...
British Woman at Dinner
Stephen Scott ...
German Tourist
Miki Iveria ...
Blind Man's Wife
Bee Duffell ...
German Tourist
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George Smith, an architect in San Francisco, is feeling "a bit flat" after completing his latest, less-than-fulfilling project: designing a warehouse for a commercial complex. George's wife, Alice, tries to cheer him up by taking him to a party of artists, but it turns out to be a gaudy, pretentious affair that leaves both of them dispirited. After a restless night, George wakes up to find himself gazing with newfound fascination at the Picasso reproductions that adorn the walls of their apartment. Overcome with admiration for a truly brilliant artist, George impulsively proposes that he and Alice fly off to the south of France to track down Picasso and thank him in person. Alice agrees, thinking the trip will prove a delightful lark. But George's desire to find Picasso turns into an obsession that starts to take a toll on their seemingly ideal marriage. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Serge Bourguignon was never officially credited as director on this film. His original footage was edited and his "cut" was deemed unacceptable for submission to Warner-7 Arts. Robert Sallin and his production company, Kaliedoscope Productions, were hired to re-shoot the film. Some of Bourguignon's footage was used in the completely re-structured final version. Sallin received the final and sole director's credit. See more »

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Hey Ho The Wind and the Rain
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Lyrics by William Shakespeare from "Twelfth Night"
Sung by Albert Finney
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In Pursuit of Picasso
29 November 2002 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

This unusual film is the collaboration of several creative forces - a Ray Bradbury story, with animation created by the Hubleys (directed and "conceived" by producer Wes Herschensohn), a spectacular musical score by Michel Legrand, and co-direction by the near-forgotten Serge Bourguignon (of "Sundays & Cybele"). Unfortunately, it doesn't appear as if all of these people were properly introduced to one another. A successful architect (Finney) decides to chuck it all and run off to the south of France to visit his favorite painter, Pablo Picasso. Alas, Pablo isn't welcoming visitors and despite several attempts at stalking him, our architect-hero finally gives up. Albert Finney gives a frenetic performance with Yvette Mimieux never looking more beautiful beside him. Nothing in the film has anything linear about it, which is probably to its advantage. It is part fiction film, part docu-drama, part art documentary (the amimated Picasso paintings are probably the only real excuse for it - and they often come off as over-literal interpretations of his work). Ah, well, there is the lush music and the Vilmos Zsigmond photography and the elusive spirit of Picasso. Worth watching at least once.


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