Surviving Picasso

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Released 1996

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Director:
James Ivory
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
Canvas, color, metal, ceramics. The century's leading artist commanded them all. But what about the legendary Pablo Picasso's other great passion? Was romance also dominated by his genius? Academy Award® winner* Anthony Hopkins gives a full-throttle performance as the acclaimed artist in this masterful movie told from the viewpoint of Picasso's longtime mistress (Natascha McElhone in a luminous film debut) and mother of his children Claude and Paloma. Director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala reteam with Hopkins for the first time since The Remains of the Day in this lusty, sweeping saga. Joined by producer David L. Wolper (Roots), they draw from a vivid filmmaking palette to create an intimate, insightful tale of genius, beauty and obsession.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Freed from the slavishness of most authorized biography, the film makers try bold strokes.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Surviving Picasso is quite well made and easy enough to watch, but it's not noticeably challenging or involving.

  • 70

    Variety

    Latest Merchant Ivory production (produced with David Wolper) is a winner in spite of relatively modern look to the film.

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