Surviving Picasso


2h 3m 1996

Brief Synopsis

This is the story of a famous painter and of a young girl, Francoise, an aspiring painter. Their affair, which lasts 10 years, begins in 1943 during the German occupation of Paris. The painter is Picasso; he is in his 60s, and as wild and passionate as a youth. His path is littered with former mistresses and, while swearing eternal love to Francoise, he pays regular visits to the sensual, phlegmatic Marie-Therese, the brilliant Dora, also a painter, whose feelings for him have brought her to a nervous breakdown, and his Russian wife, Olga, a former dancer, whom he has driven to the point of actual madness. Francoise has to accept all these women and their offspring as part of her relationship with Picasso. Moreover, she has to accept his unpredictable moods, his outrageous sense of humor, his stinginess, his childish tyrannies, and his delight in making others submit to his whims. But when Picasso begins yet another new affair, Francoise realizes that, to save herself, she must leave him.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Biography
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures International (WBI)
Location
Provence, France; Paris, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Synopsis

This is the story of a famous painter and of a young girl, Francoise, an aspiring painter. Their affair, which lasts 10 years, begins in 1943 during the German occupation of Paris. The painter is Picasso; he is in his 60s, and as wild and passionate as a youth. His path is littered with former mistresses and, while swearing eternal love to Francoise, he pays regular visits to the sensual, phlegmatic Marie-Therese, the brilliant Dora, also a painter, whose feelings for him have brought her to a nervous breakdown, and his Russian wife, Olga, a former dancer, whom he has driven to the point of actual madness. Francoise has to accept all these women and their offspring as part of her relationship with Picasso. Moreover, she has to accept his unpredictable moods, his outrageous sense of humor, his stinginess, his childish tyrannies, and his delight in making others submit to his whims. But when Picasso begins yet another new affair, Francoise realizes that, to save herself, she must leave him.

Crew

Peter Adler

Art Department

Elizabeth Aldrich

Choreographer

Geoffrey Alexander

Music Arranger

Gina R. Alfano

Dialogue Editor

Virginia Allan

Production Manager

Jill Andre-reed

Other

Eve-marie Arnault

Costume Designer

Luciana Arrighi

Production Designer

Maud Baigneres

Location Assistant

Humbert Balsan

Coproducer

Sarah Barbault

Art Assistant

Michael Barry

Rerecording

Bernard Bats

Sound Mixer

Bernard Bellew

Assistant Director

Bi Benton

Production Coordinator

Dany Blanchon

Caterer

Raymond Blanchon

Caterer

Rahila Bootwala

Production Accountant

Paul Bradley

Executive Producer

Stephen Bream

Other

Freddie Brown

Best Boy

Pierre-yves Bruneel

Boom Operator

Kam Chan

Foley Editor

Nadine Chaussonniere

Location Manager

Ben Cheah

Assistant Sound Editor

Alalia Chetwynd

Other

Angelo Chinosi

Key Grip

Jatinderpal Chohan

Assistant Editor

Pierre Choumeurthe

Location Assistant

Melissa Chung

Production

Florian Contini

Production Assistant

Colin Corby

Camera

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Pierre Cotte

Construction Manager

Pierre Dreyfus

Location Assistant

Gill Ducker

Production

Emmanuelle Duplay

Production

Penny Dyer

Dialogue Consultant

Trevor Dyer

Carpenter

Toby Eady

Camera Assistant

Tina Earnshaw

Makeup Artist

Katharine Edmonds

Music

Beth Elliott

Production Assistant

Sean Evans

Other

Lou Eyrich

Wardrobe Supervisor

Chris Fielder

Assistant Sound Editor

Steve Finch

Lighting

Tommy Finch

Gaffer

Vanessa Flynn

Props Assistant

Celestia Fox

Casting

Gary Fox

Props Assistant

Mark Fruin

Propman

Giles Gardner

Assistant Editor

James Gemmill

Other

Paul Ghirardani

Assistant Art Director

Betty Glasow

Wig Supplier

Tula Goenka

Associate Editor

Lewis Goldstein

Sound Effects Editor

Michel Gonckel

Electrician

Christopher Granier-deferre

Assistant Director

Nayeem Hafizka

Assistant Location Manager

Hilary Haines

Hair Assistant

Philippa Hart

Assistant Set Decorator

Rawdon Hayne

Other

Deborah Hecht

Dialogue Coach

Gary Hedges

Carpenter

John Hedges

Construction Manager

Susan Hegarty

Dialogue Consultant

Robert Hein

Sound Editor

Charlie Henley

Production Assistant

Pauline Heys

Makeup Assistant

Andrew Hill

Location Manager

Anna Houghton

Costumes

Kent Houston

Other

Ben Howarth

Assistant Director

Arianna Huffington

Book As Source Material

Peter Hunt

Color Timer

Michel Imbert

Other

Andrew Jack

Dialogue Consultant

Azmine Jaffer

Costumes

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Screenplay

Rowan Joffe

Other

Remi Julienne

Stunt Coordinator

Frank Kern

Foley Editor

Jonathan Kier

Assistant

Elizabeth Kime

Location Assistant

Sunil Kirparam

Production Accountant

Annette Kudrak

Music Editor

Geoffrey Larcher

Art Director

Sarah Lebas

Production Assistant

Danny Lebigot

Production Accountant

Sophie Lemaire

Other

Anjali Lenglet

Costumes

Andrew Litvack

Assistant

Gasuza Lwanga

Assistant Sound Editor

Andrew Marcus

Editor

Philippe Margotin

Propman

Pippa Marks

Assistant Art Director

Karen Mcmullen

Assistant Sound Editor

Mark Mcneil

Propman

Ismail Merchant

Producer

Denis Mercier

Set Decorator

Joanna Merlin

Casting

Carla Meyer

Dialogue Consultant

Liz Michie

Hairdresser

Susan Midgley

Assistant Editor

Olivier Molinari

Location Assistant

Abel Monem

Production Assistant

Christina Moore

Assistant Art Director

Vanessa Munro

Costumes

Francis Naumann

Consultant

Glen Neibaur

Music

Chris Newman

Assistant Director

Jackie Ophir

Lighting

Sian Parry

Production Assistant

Bruno Pasquier-desvignes

Titles

Bruno Pasquier-desvignes

Art Department

Nicolas Picard

Assistant Location Manager

Tony Pierce-roberts

Director Of Photography

Elena Pistorio

Production Assistant

Stefano Priori

Production Accountant

Bruce Pross

Foley

Jacques Quinternet

Production

Harry Rabinowitz

Music Conductor

Carol Ramsey

Costume Designer

Alan Rank

Key Grip

Cyril Renaud

Camera Assistant

Marilyn Reynods

Other

Richard Robbins

Music

Donald Rosenfeld

Executive Producer

Yves Rousset Rouard

Special Thanks To

Terry Rowley

Stand-In

Seth Rubin

Photography

Andrew Sanders

Art Director

Tanayi Seabrook

Production Assistant

Mary Sheldon

Assistant Costume Designer

Stuart Stanley

Foley Editor

Sarah Strupinski

Production Assistant

Frankin Tartaglione

Other

Annette Trumel

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Marie-laure Valla

Art Department

Christopher Vann

Production Assistant

Andrea Vecchiato

Production Assistant

Alain Veyssier

Assistant Art Director

Steve Visscher

Foley Editor

Deborah Wallach

Adr Editor

K J Welland

Other

Arthur Wicks

Property Master

Alexander Widhoff

Location Assistant

Roger Willis

Construction

Vernon Witham

Other

David L. Wolper

Producer

Anna Worley

Script Supervisor

Jason Wrenn

Other

Mickael Zemmour

Location Assistant

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Biography
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures International (WBI)
Location
Provence, France; Paris, France

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States September 27, 1996

Limited Release in United States September 20, 1996

Released in United States on Video March 25, 1997

Released in United States September 1996

Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.

Began shooting September 25, 1995.

Completed shooting December 15, 1995.

Released in United States on Video March 25, 1997

Released in United States September 1996 (Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.)

Limited Release in United States September 20, 1996

Expanded Release in United States September 27, 1996