Surviving Picasso Movie Review 1996

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Merchant-Ivory team takes time off from bodice-rippers to tear into the personal life of the Cubist legend, Pablo Picasso. Takes an unglamourous look at the mythically famous artist, focusing on the rocky ten-year affair with Francoise Gilot (newcomer McElhone), who met the artist in Nazi-occupied Paris when she was 22 and he was 62. Hopkins is well-cast as the insufferable senior and adds a strong dose of charm to soften his portrayal. Scores high tech credits, especially picture's sumptuous look, compliments of production designer and frequent collaborator Luciana Arrighi. Unfortunately adapted from the decidedly one-sided biography "Picasso: Creator and Destroyer" by controversial author Arianna Huffington. Denied use of the artist's works by his estate, the filmmakers settled for some "work in progress" replicas.


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Available on VHS
Running time 126 minutes.

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Historical Drama, Biopics: Artists, Period Piece: 1940s, Art & Artists, Anti-Heroes, France, Producers: Merchant Ivory, World War II
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Anthony Hopkins, Natascha (Natasha) McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joss Ackland, Joan Plowright, Diane Venora, Peter Eyre, Jane Lapotaire, Joseph Maher, Bob Peck
Tony Pierce-Roberts
James Ivory
Richard Robbins
Ismail Merchant, David L. Wolper, Donald Rosenfeld, Paul Bradley, Merchant-Ivory Productions, Warner Bros.

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