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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 »

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Tage Danielsson
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Country:

Sweden

Release Date:

20 May 1978 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Picasso See more »

Filming Locations:

Tomelilla, Skåne län, Sweden

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Budget:

SEK 7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie contains 10 languages: Swedish, English, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Russian, French, German, Norwegian and Latin. Most sentences in the "foreign" languages (apart from the narration in Swedish) mean something completely other than what it seems, or mean nothing in particular: for example the lyric of the famous Finnish song is actually a recipe. Even though it's a Swedish film, the only Swedish spoken (apart from the narration) is when Picasso's father answers the phone, saying "Hur fan ska jag veta det?" ("How the hell should I know?"). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Elsa Beskow: [on Picasso's painting depicting a hideous version of a woman] And that was the birth of monsterism.
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

La paloma
Lyrics and Music Composed by Sebastián Yradier 1859)
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Brilliant film. Sadly the US version has been censored.
7 October 2004 | by richard94707See all my reviews

I saw this film while in Hungary (even funnier with Hungarian subtitles - cause it looks so incomprehensible!).

Sadly, when I rented it here in the USA, I discovered that a large chunk of the film dealing with Picasso in New York during the prohibition of modern art, and his subsequent trial and escape had been ruthlessly cut by the US censors. Criminal. Can't we Americans relax and learn to laugh at ourselves, too??

Nonetheless, this is a hilarious film and, as Monty Python so often does, draws on our knowledge of history to make it's fractured-fairytale point. Strongly recommended for those who love wacky (though sometimes slightly sophomoric) humor with a light intellectual touch.


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