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Surviving Picasso (1996)

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The passionate Merchant Ivory drama tells the story of Françoise Gilot (Natascha McElhone), the only lover of Pablo Picasso (Sir Anthony Hopkins) who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty, and move on with her life.

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Arianna Huffington (book) (as Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Pablo Picasso
Natascha McElhone ... Françoise Gilot
Julianne Moore ... Dora Maar
Joss Ackland ... Henri Matisse
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Kootz
Peter Eyre ... Sabartes
Peter Gerety ... Marcel
Susannah Harker ... Marie-Thérèse
Jane Lapotaire ... Olga Picasso
Joseph Maher ... Kahnweiler
Bob Peck ... Françoise's Father
Diane Venora ... Jacqueline
Dominic West ... Paulo Picasso
Joan Plowright ... Françoise's Grandmother
Laura Aikman ... Maya
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In 1943, a young painter, Françoise Gilot (1921- ) (Natascha McElhone) meets Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) (Sir Anthony Hopkins), already the most celebrated artist in the world. For the next ten years, she is his mistress, bears him two children, is his muse, and paints within his element. She also learns slowly about the other women who have been or still are in his life: Dora Maar (Julianne Moore), Marie-Thérèse (Susannah Harker) (whose daughter is Picasso's), and Olga Koklowa (Jane Lapotaire), each of whom seems deeply scarred by their life with Picasso. Gilot's response is to bring each into her relationship with Picasso. How does one survive Picasso? She keeps painting, and she keeps her good humor and her independence. When the time comes, she has the strength to leave. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Only his passion for women could rival his passion for painting.


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Rated R for a scene of nudity and brief sex-related language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Marlon Brando was once interested in playing Pablo Picasso and was trying to reduce weight on a banana diet. See more »

Quotes

Dora Maar: Perhaps she thinks you'll immortalize her. Don't raise her hopes, Picassos may prove to be no more immortal than the skeleton of some extinct bird of prey.
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Featured in At the Movies: Memo to the Academy - 1997 (1997) See more »

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Good as complimentary educational material.
5 August 2003 | by Don_ByroSee all my reviews

The first time I watched this, I didn't really get what was going on. All the plots about Picasso's various wives seemed mixed up and uninvolving.

However, now that I am studying Picasso and his women for an AS art module, I can watch the film and feel very satisfied because it breathes a lot of life into the subject. For this reason it is worth having some fore-knowledge or a framework of Picasso's life prior to viewing it, which I guess restrains the target audience somewhat.

Hopkins was superb and became Picasso completely in behaviour and physique - even to the extent of shaving his head and wearing brown contact lenses. His accent took a while to take hold though, which I thought was odd, as the early scenes felt very cold and welsh simply because he hadn't quite shaken off his normal speech. This didn't matter after a while though, because his entire manner was actually very well done and really brought out the macho and possessive ego of this wild artist.

One major flaw however: Nazi stormtroopers would never march as sloppily as portrayed in this picture.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahavotav Shel Picasso See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,054, 22 September 1996

Gross USA:

$2,021,348

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,021,348
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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