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The Adventures of Picasso (1978)

Picassos äventyr (original title)
Already in his childhood, Pablo Picasso show talent for painting and is sent to the Academy of Arts in Madrid. He becomes a painter but has to live in Paris in poverty. But one day he is ... See full summary »


Tage Danielsson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gösta Ekman ... Picasso
Hans Alfredson ... Don José
Margaretha Krook ... Doña Maria
Lena Olin ... Dolores
Bernard Cribbins ... Gertrude Stein / Narrator
Wilfrid Brambell ... Alice B. Toklas
Lennart Nyman Lennart Nyman ... Henri Rousseau
Per Oscarsson ... Apollinaire
Elisabeth Söderström ... Mimi
Gösta Winbergh Gösta Winbergh ... Picasso (singing voice) (as Gösta Winberg)
Birgitta Andersson ... Ingrid Svensson-Guggenheim
Magnus Härenstam ... Hitler
Sune Mangs ... Churchill
Yngve Gamlin ... Djagilev
Lisbeth Zachrisson Lisbeth Zachrisson ... Olga


Already in his childhood, Pablo Picasso show talent for painting and is sent to the Academy of Arts in Madrid. He becomes a painter but has to live in Paris in poverty. But one day he is discovered by a rich American millionaire and starts to earn money. But he wastes his talent by painting plates. He meets the famous people of the 1920s: Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Appolinaire, Hitler and Churchill. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Tusen kärleksfulla lögner av Hans Alfredson och Tage Danielsson




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The Finnish song, repeatedly sung by Sirkka, is a recipe for a pastry of fish and bacon. Translation: How you cook "fish-rooster": first take water, salt, then butter and flour and knead, knead, then knead. Then take fish and bacon and put it on the dough, darling. Put it in the oven to bake, and forget it for a while. We start again, then kneed, kneed. See more »


During the doctors visit after Don Jose death and rigor mortis, the corpse blinks during the doctors efforts to straighten the body out. (this may be explained however, in that it turns out Don Jose was only in suspended animation, and everyone thought he was dead). See more »


Elsa Beskow: Ingrid Svensson-Guggenheim were among many who didn't understand Picassos work. But she knew it was expensive, and therefore immortal.
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Alternate Versions

Scenes making fun of Prohibition and the electric chair were deleted in the US version, making it eleven minutes shorter than the Swedish original. The filmmakers were not informed. See more »


References Svea hund på Göta Lejon (1976) See more »


My Old Kentucky Home (Good Night)
Lyrics and Music Composed by Stephen Foster (as Stephen C. Foster) (1853)
Sung by Hans Alfredson (in English)
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A very nice movie
11 September 2000 | by gunnar.forsmarkSee all my reviews

This comedy is one of the funniest I ever seen. If you know the story of Picasso you will laugh at every new scene. It's a nice way of presenting a big artist and make people learn more about him. The actors are very good and some of them are among the top swedish actors.

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Release Date:

20 May 1978 (Sweden) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tomelilla, Skåne län, Sweden


Box Office


SEK7,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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