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
Music by Richard Robbins
Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts
Edited by Andrew Marcus
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
20 September 1996
Running time
125 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $16 million
Box office $2,021,348

Surviving Picasso is a 1996 Merchant Ivory film directed by James Ivory and starring Anthony Hopkins as the famous painter Pablo Picasso. It was 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.


The young Françoise meets Picasso in Nazi-occupied Paris, 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 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).



The film was shot in Paris and southern France.


The film received mixed to negative reviews, with a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 19 reviews.[1]


  1. ^ "Surviving Picasso".

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