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Surviving Picasso ()


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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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Pablo Picasso
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Françoise Gilot
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Dora Maar
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Henri Matisse
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Kootz
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Sabartes
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Marcel
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Marie-Thérèse
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Olga Picasso
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Kahnweiler
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Françoise's Father
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Jacqueline
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Paulo Picasso
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Françoise's Grandmother
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Maya
Allegra Di Carpegna ...
Geneviève (as Allegra di Carpegna)
Anthony Milner ...
Police Commissioner
Agapi Stassinopoulos ...
Inès
Nigel Whitmey ...
Pierre
Tom Fisher ...
German Officer
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German Soldier
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Testicle
Hamish McColl ...
Torso
Judith Sharp ...
Peachy
Rose English ...
Plummy
Celia Hewitt ...
Stage Directions
Andrew Litvack ...
American Officer Presenting a Dagger
Seth Rubin ...
GI Presenting a Cowboy Hat
Valérie Tolédano ...
Maid
Sevilla Delofski ...
Waiting Woman
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Waiting Man
Cengiz Khan ...
Man Without a Match
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ...
Reporter
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Reporter
Scott Thrun ...
Reporter
Marc Tissot ...
Reporter
Damien Brun ...
Claude, Age 2
Andrea Nagy ...
Olga as Ballerina
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Diaghilev
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Party Guest (as Sandor Eles)
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Party Guest
Brigitte Kahn ...
Party Guest
Bruno Pasquier-Desvignes ...
Party Guest
Gwen Reed ...
Party Guest
Georgio Serafini ...
Party Guest
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Commissar (as Alexi Jawdokimov)
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Translator
Stefan Gryff ...
Drunken Comrade
Olivier Galfione ...
Priest
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Lydia
Jacky Pratoussy ...
Man Servant (as Jacques Pratoussy)
Joe Gecks ...
Claude Picasso, Age 7
Alex Pooley ...
Paloma Picasso, Age 5
Debbie Cusmans ...
Juggler
Beth Lawson ...
Juggler
Mike Donfield ...
Clown
John Lawson ...
Clown
Kevin Toomey ...
Clown
Mathew Ware ...
Clown
Nicola Christian ...
Snake Woman
Leanne Whitney ...
Poodle Woman (as Lean Whitney)
Charlotte Balthorpe ...
Trapeze Artist
Marc Monnet ...
Matador
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Elizabeth Corbett ...
Journalist (uncredited)
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German soldier (uncredited)
Salo Gardner ...
Guy Standeven (uncredited)
Laurence Richardson ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Ivory

Written by

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Arianna Huffington ... (book "Picasso: Creator and Destroyer") (as Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington)
 
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Humbert Balsan ... co-producer
Paul Bradley ... executive producer
Ismail Merchant ... producer
Donald Rosenfeld ... executive producer
David L. Wolper ... producer

Music by

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Richard Robbins

Cinematography by

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Tony Pierce-Roberts

Film Editing by

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Andrew Marcus

Editorial Department

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Giles Gardner ... assistant editor
Tula Goenka ... associate editor
Emily Gumpel ... second assistant editor
Charley Henley ... assistant editor
Peter Hunt ... color timer

Casting By

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Celestia Fox

Production Design by

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Luciana Arrighi

Art Direction by

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Geoffroy Larcher
Andrew Sanders

Set Decoration by

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Denis Mercier
Marie-Laure Valla

Costume Design by

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Carol Ramsey

Makeup Department

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Tina Earnshaw ... chief makeup artist
Richard Glass ... contact lens optician
Liz Michie ... chief hair stylist
Bernard Floch ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Valérie Tranier ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Virginia Allan ... production manager: UK

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bernard Bellew ... second assistant director
Christopher Granier-Deferre ... second assistant director: France
Sallie Hard ... additional second second assistant director (as Sallie Anne Hard)
Ben Howarth ... second assistant director (as Benjamin Howarth)
Christopher Newman ... first assistant director (as Chris Newman)

Art Department

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Gill Andrae-Reid ... artist
Sarah Barbault ... assistant art director
Bernard Chedin ... production buyer
Pierre Cotte ... construction manager: France
Marc Flouquet ... second assistant decorator
Gary Fox ... standby propman: UK only
Valeriane Friederich ... painter
Mark Fruin ... chargehand stand-by propman
Paul Ghirardani ... first assistant art director
Philippa Hart ... assistant decorator
John Hedges ... construction manager: UK
Michel Imbert ... artist
Pippa Marks ... assistant art director
Jim McCallum ... artist
Christina Moore ... assistant art director
Cyrille Perron ... head painter
Christophe Perruchi ... assistant property master
Alain Veyssier ... first assistant art director
Mark White ... construction
Arthur Wicks ... property master
Vernon Witham ... paintings
Michael Guyett ... scenic painter (uncredited)
Cyrille Nomberg ... art department assistant (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Michael Barry ... re-recording mixer
Bernard Bats ... sound mixer
Pierre-Yves Bruneel ... boom operator
Lewis Goldstein ... sound effects editor
Robert Hein ... supervising sound editor (as Bob Hein)
Karen McMullen ... assistant a.d.r. editor
Bruce Pross ... foley supervisor
Deborah Wallach ... adr supervisor
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Kent Houston ... optical effects technician
Tim Ollive ... digital artist
John Swinnerton ... optical camera operator (uncredited)
Pat Wong ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Dean Yurke ... CG supervisor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Rémy Julienne ... stunt coordinator (as Remi Julienne)
Stuart St. Paul ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Fred Brown ... best boy (as Freddie Brown)
Angelo Chinosi ... key grip
Colin Corby ... camera operator: second unit
Tobias Eedy ... camera trainee
Sean Evans ... camera loader
Stephen Finch ... electrician (as Steve Finch)
Tommy Finch ... gaffer
Laurent Fleutot ... assistant camera
Rawdon Hayne ... focus puller
Sophie Lemaire ... second assistant camera
Vince Madden ... rigging gaffer
Seth Rubin ... still photographer
Mathieu Ungaro ... grip
Valerio Villalba ... camera loader

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eve-Marie Arnault ... assistant costume designer: France
Azmin Jaffer ... costumer (as Azmine Jaffer)
Anjali Lenglet ... costumer
Vanessa Munro ... costumer
Mary Sheldon ... costumer
Anne-Marie Sanchez ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Nadine Chaussonnière ... location manager: France
Vincent Garenq ... location assistant
Andrew Hill ... location manager: UK

Music Department

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Geoff Alexander ... music arranger (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Leslie Blackburn-Harlow ... musician (viola)
Annette Kudrak ... music editor
Harry Rabinowitz ... conductor

Other crew

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Michael Albanese ... production assistant
Elizabeth Aldrich ... choreographer
Alberto Abraham Amar ... organization: exteriors
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer
Bi Benton ... production coordinator
Rahila Bootwala ... production accountant
Beth Elliott ... floor runner
Duncan Hamilton ... ice sculptor
Jamie Hamilton ... ice sculptor
Susan Hegarty ... dialect consultant: Julianne Moore
Andrew Jack ... dialogue coach
Sarah Lebas ... floor runner
Dany Lebigot ... production accountant (as Danny Lebigot)
Andrew Litvack ... assistant: Mr. Ivory
Abel Monem ... production assistant
Stefano Priori ... head production accountant
Jude Schell ... production staff (as Judith Schell)
Anna Worley ... script supervisor

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Only his passion for women could rival his passion for painting. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mein Mann Picasso (Germany)
  • Sobrevivir a Picasso (Spain)
  • Min älskade Picasso (Sweden)
  • Picasso - twórca i niszczyciel (Poland)
  • Прожить жизнь с Пикассо (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Box Office

Budget $16,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $87,054, 22 Sep 1996

Did You Know?

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Trivia A few years after this film, Sir Anthony Hopkins had already signed on to play Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal (2001), but Jodie Foster had declined. When Director Ridley Scott let Hopkins know what actresses were being considered to play Clarice, Hopkins remembered how much he enjoyed working with Julianne Moore on this film, and recommended her. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The First Wives Club/Big Night/Surviving Picasso/Last Man Standing/Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996). See more »
Quotes Pablo Picasso: I really like intelligent women. Sometimes, of course, I like stupid ones too.
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