GenreBiography, Drama, Romance Initial DVD releaseMarch 25, 1997 LanguageEnglish
Release date20 September 1996 WriterArianna Huffington (book), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay) CastAnthony Hopkins (Pablo Picasso), Natascha McElhone (Françoise Gilot), Julianne Moore (Dora Maar), Joss Ackland (Henri Matisse) Similar moviesRendez-vous, All Ladies Do It, The Voyeur, Jamon Jamon, The Lover, Zandalee
TaglineOnly his passion for women could rival his passion for painting.
Trailer surviving picasso
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.
The young Françoise meets Picasso in Nazi-occupied Paris during the, 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).
Anthony Hopkins as Pablo Picasso
Natascha McElhone as Françoise Gilot
Julianne Moore as Dora Maar
Joss Ackland as Henri Matisse
Dennis Boutsikaris as Kootz
Peter Eyre as Sabartes
Peter Gerety as Marcel
Susannah Harker as Marie-Thérèse
Jane Lapotaire as Olga Picasso
Joseph Maher as Kahnweiler
Bob Peck as Françoise's Father
Joan Plowright as Françoise's Grandmother
Diane Venora as Jacqueline
Dominic West as Paulo Picasso
Laura Aikman as Maya
It was shot in Paris and southern France.
The film received mixed to negative reviews, with a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 18 reviews.