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The Picasso Summer (1969)

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

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Luis Miguel Dominguín ...
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The Host (as Theo Marcuse)
Jim Connell ...
The Artist
Sopwith Camel ...
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Drunk
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Postman
Kathryn Reynolds ...
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Man at Party
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Stephen Scott ...
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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While making " Fahrenheit 451", Ray Bradbury discussed making this with François Truffaut. They even met up with Picasso but Truffaut declined to direct. See more »

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George Smith: But, do you not feel that in the 20th century, bullfighting is rather archaic way of life? After all, we send men up in rockets who circle the earth.
Luis Miguel Dominguín: It's a very curious statement. The first time I thought of retiring, it was a day when I was dressing as a bullfighter. I saw myself a man ready to kill a beast and I thought that people must, in one way or another, help to tell us about death. Sometimes they do it with poetry or novels. Sometimes by a direct confrontation - as in the bull-ring ...
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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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Good film if about 30-40 minutes were edited out.
24 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Watching Picasso Summmer I think I can now accept that his work was not poking fun at wannabe art critics. For the 'uneducated eye' one has to wonder if what we're seeing...is how the artist is really viewing something; is it really a creative vision or a put on.

I did come away with a glimmer of understanding and motivation to do some research and reading on Picasso after viewing the film. All I knew about him from an art appreciation class in school is that he had a 'Blue period'.

As I said in the summary title, the morphing segments, while cleverly and creatively carried out, were way too many and way too long to sustain at least this casual viewer. The kernel of a good film was there, it just didn't 'pop.


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