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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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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
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Drunk
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Postman
Kathryn 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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El verano de Picasso  »

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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: I don't think I've looked at those Picasso's since art school.
Alice Smith: They've been there since we've been married George.
George Smith: I mean really looked at them. Alice, Alice, do you see what he's done? I mean, here, here, here. Look! I mean, he just doesn't see the world, he takes it apart and then he reforms it in his own way. Picasso's world! He's not governed like I am, like... he's not making boxes, he just does, very simply and directly, what he wants to do. Have I gone on too much?
Alice Smith: Yes.
George Smith: I mean, he just ...
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Hey Ho The Wind and the Rain
(uncredited)
Lyrics by William Shakespeare from "Twelfth Night"
Sung by Albert Finney
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Worked on the Movie and am in the Movie
24 May 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of working on this film in a small capacity. At the time I worked for the Campbell, Silver, Cosby Corporation (the producer's) as a secretary. The office was in Beverly Hills where I met, writer Ray Bradbury who was a dear person. One day Ray asked me to Xerox copies of the script he had written. As I made the copies I began to read the pages. I saw where there was a singer for one of the scenes. I asked Ray if I could be the singer. Ray told me it was fine with him but I would have to speak with Bruce (Campbell) and Roy Silver. I did speak to Roy and he told me Cass Elliot was doing the music for that scene. I very brazenly said to Roy "If Cass doesn't do it can I? He said yes I could. Long story short --Cass was not able to do it and I did. The part of the movie I am in is a party scene that was filmed at attorney Melvin Belli's home. I am in a gray suede slip dress standing by a piano with a pianist (I don't recall his name) who was such a nice person. I am singing an old madrigal called "Hard by a Fountain." In the background is the San Francisco Bay with a freighter passing in the shot. On the terrace is the rock band Sopwith Camel. The animation in this film is amazing. I haven't seen it in years and would love a copy.


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