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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
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The Host (as Theo Marcuse)
Jim Connell ...
The Artist
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Blind Man
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Drunk
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Postman
Kathryn Reynolds ...
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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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Producer Wes Herschensohn in his book "Ressurection in Cannes: The Making of The Picasso Summer" states that the final shot was filmed in Catalina, because it resembled the shores of Southern France. Mr. Herschensohn did the sand drawings and a local man named Duke Fishman played Picasso -- he bore a striking resemblance to Picasso. He was somewhat of an artist himself and briefly able to continue Herschensohn's sand drawings for the camera. See more »

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British Woman at Dinner: To me, a French dinner - is like a sexual experience.
British Man: Really?
British Woman at Dinner: And the pastry - is the orgasm.
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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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Okay, but it ruins the Bradbury story and who's the audience?
15 March 2014 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

This seems to start out as a women's movie. Wouldn't you love to be a beautiful woman with a rich, handsome husband who (as far as we can tell) provides you an elegant lifestyle without requiring either work or money from you? Well, not now you wouldn't, but this was still the 1960s. Today you'd have to be making some contribution to society, other than looking pretty, to justify your existence or you wouldn't be a movie heroine. But the husband is a problem too. One element driving the Bradbury story was that an economic gap kept the man from satisfying his artistic craving; it wasn't just that although he had plenty of money Picasso couldn't be bothered with him. In contrast to the hero of the story, the hero of the movie seems petty in his day-to-day dissatisfaction-- he's doing okay as an architect, but out of a big business complex he got to design no more than the warehouse. Hey, he should count his blessings. But men are that way, in chick flics. And there's pretty scenery, although not often reminiscent of Picasso. But then comes a bullfight, evidently quite unsupervised by the humane society. How many women want to see blood dripping from a dying bull's mouth and hear about how bullfighting functions as a metaphor? No wonder the movie never played in theaters. Bradbury's original ending, in which the man sees Picasso drawing in the sand with a popsicle stick, would have been a better metaphor to stress. The Bradbury man is rewarded with a special experience on the one hand, but he receives a lesson in the evanescence of all things on the other hand. When the movie was originally publicized, I thought that the real Picasso had consented to play that scene. I'm disappointed that he didn't, but the animations were impressive.


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