Surviving Picasso (1996)

“I really like intelligent women. Sometimes, of course, I like stupid ones too.” – Pablo Picasso

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Biographical story about famed artist Pablo Picasso and the many women in his life.

My Take on it – This was a film that I recall hearing about when it came out yet never really had much interest in seeing it.

As I’m trying to expand my movie knowledge of films with Anthony Hopkins, I decided to finally see what this was all about.

The story is a bit too jumpy and it fails to really develop any of the characters very well.

Even Hopkins’ performance as Picasso is lacking and fails to keep things interesting largely due to the erratic and strange behavior of the character, which is suppose to be close to the truth, but still doesn’t necessarily make this character more watchable.

The story tries too hard to feel more comprehensive about the life of Picasso and does so with many time jumps that occur at unexpected points in the story.

The emotional anguish that Picasso inflicted on all of the women in his life is quite shocking to watch especially given the way that these women re portrayed here.

The film is presented in a lackluster way which takes so much away from things and doesn’t give the viewer much to truly care about.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A few years after this movie, Sir Anthony Hopkins had already signed on to play Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal (2001), but Jodie Foster had declined. When director Ridley Scott let Hopkins know what actresses were being considered to play Clarice, Hopkins remembered how much he enjoyed working with Julianne Moore on this movie, and recommended her. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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