is a 1996 Merchant Ivory Film
starring Anthony Hopkins
as the painter Pablo Picasso
. It was shot in Paris
and southern France
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 film starts with a young woman named Françoise meeting Picasso in Paris
during the Nazi
occupation of the city, 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
). 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......