Surviving Picasso

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Surviving Picasso
Surviving Picasso film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Ivory
Produced by Ismail Merchant
David L. Wolper
Humbert Balsan (co-producer)
Donald Rosenfeld (executive)
Paul Bradley (executive)
Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Starring Anthony Hopkins
Natascha McElhone
Julianne Moore
Joss Ackland
Peter Eyre
Jane Lapotaire
Joseph Maher
Bob Peck
Diane Venora
Susannah Harker
Joan Plowright
Dominic West
Music by Richard Robbins
Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts
Edited by Andrew Marcus
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 20 September 1996
Running time 125 min
Language English
Budget $16 million
Box office $2,021,348

Surviving Picasso is a 1996 Merchant Ivory film starring Anthony Hopkins as the famous painter Pablo Picasso. It was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant and David L. Wolper. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's screenplay was loosely based on the biography Picasso: Creator and Destroyer by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington.

Plot[edit]

The film starts with a young woman named Françoise meeting Picasso in Paris during the Nazi occupation of the city, where Picasso is complaining that people broke into his house and stole his linen, rather than his paintings. It shows Françoise being beaten by her father after telling him she wants to be a painter, rather than a lawyer. Picasso is shown as often not caring about other people's feelings, firing his driver after a long period of service, and as a womanizer, saying that he can sleep with whomever he wants.

The film is seen through the eyes of his lover Françoise Gilot (Natascha McElhone). As the producers were unable to get permission, to show the works of Picasso in the film, the film is more about Picasso's personal life rather than his works, and where it does show paintings, they are not of his more famous works. When Picasso is shown painting Guernica, the camera sits high above the painting, with the work only slightly visible.

The film depicts several of the women who were important in Picasso's life, such as Olga Khokhlova (played by Jane Lapotaire), Dora Maar (played by Julianne Moore), Marie-Thérèse Walter (played by Susannah Harker), and Jacqueline Roque (played by Diane Venora).

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Production[edit]

It was shot in Paris and southern France.

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed to negative reviews, with a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 18 reviews.[1]

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