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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pablo Picasso
... Françoise Gilot
... Dora Maar
... Henri Matisse
... Kootz
... Sabartes
... Marcel
... Marie-Thérèse
... Olga Picasso
... Kahnweiler
... Françoise's Father
... Jacqueline
... Paulo Picasso
... Françoise's Grandmother
... Maya
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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.


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

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20 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Ahavotav Shel Picasso  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,054, 22 September 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,002,000
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1.85 : 1
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Sir Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore; and one Oscar nominee: Joan Plowright. See more »

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Pablo Picasso: I make a lot of mistakes, but so does God.
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Wonderfully performed biographical piece.
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As far as context goes, I had already known most of the material from biographies in other sources. There were only a couple new aspects to this one. The acting was superb. Anthony Hopkins and Natascha McElhone were passionate and believable. It portrays Picasso's nature as narrated by one of his former lovers. It's NOT a fluff piece, but you shouldn't end up hating him unless you did already.


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