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But Surviving Picasso is not intended to be a screen biography and, as many critics noted in mixed reviews, this 1996 film fails to provide any substantial insight into Picasso's complex personality. It's more about Françoise Gilot (Natascha McElhone), the aspiring artist who was one of the few women to "survive" Picasso's love and emerge as a stronger, more confident person with a life of her own outside of Picasso's often destructive sphere of influence. McElhone is impressive in this breakthrough role, conveying the seductive effect Picasso had on women, but also holding her own against the artist's unpredictable temperament.
Surviving Picasso was based on the unflattering book Picasso: Creator and Destroyer by Arianna Huffington, so the Merchant-Ivory team did not have the cooperation of Picasso's estate. The result is a film that shifts its focus away from the artist and onto his positive and negative effect on those who entered his inner circle. It's a fascinating portrait of a fascinating man and his equally passionate lovers, fueled by excellent performances. Even though you know you're not getting the whole story of Picasso's best and worst behavior, the movie grabs and holds your attention. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
LOVE THIS MOVIE FOR YEARS . USE TO HAVE ON VHS AND NOW FINALLY DVD. GREAT MOVIE JULIANNE MOORE AND HOPKINS ARE AMZING AS ALWAYS. ITS A GREAT INTRESTING AND AT TIMES TOUCHING MOVIE. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Christian Verona
I haven't read it through yet, but it gives insight on the man who has made a major mark in art history.Published on Aug. 31 2012 by A.