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Surviving Picasso

Surviving Picasso
  • 1996
  • UK
  • 122 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Ivory
  • Written by: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joss Ackland, Peter Eyre, Jane Lapotaire, Joseph Maher, Bob Peck, Diane Venora, Susannah Harker, Joan Plowright, Dominic West

Merchant-Ivory's film is less interested in the secrets of Picasso's craft than with presenting a portrait of the artist as lover. The argument is that the chauvinism he showed the women in his life was necessary to his genius, but there's no attempt to offer insight into his creativity. What almost redeems the film is Hopkins's astonishing performance and physical transformation.

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