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Surviving Picasso (1996)

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The passionate Merchant Ivory drama tells the story of Francoise Gilot, the only lover of Pablo Picasso, 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

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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Storyline

In 1943, a young painter, Françoise Gilot (1921- ) meets Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), 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, Marie- Thérèse (whose daughter is Picasso's), and Olga Koklowa, 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,002,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reproductions of Picasso's art work were not allowed to be used in the film. However, the estates of Henri Matisse and Georges Braque allowed their work to be represented. See more »

Quotes

Pablo Picasso: I really like intelligent women. Sometimes, of course, I like stupid ones too.
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Surviving Francois
5 May 2006 | by karl_consiglioSee all my reviews

Pablo Picasso portrayed by the only woman to have survived his narcissistic, manipulative, patronizing and womanizing tendencies and come out of the minotaur's labyrinth, his studio, before he shatters her. A great performance of the master painter and sculptor genius by Anthony Hopkins who is a master actor himself adequately next to his young co-stars. I am a great admirer of Picasso myself and I really appreciated all the research to fit every detail in its place to make this kind of biographical film. I'm very fond of the relationship Picasso had with Henry Matisse despite their differences and the competitiveness between them.


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