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Academy Award(r) winner* Anthony Hopkins gives a full-throttle performance as the acclaimed artist in this masterful movie told from the viewpoint of Picasso's longtime mistress (Natascha McElhone in a luminous film debut) and mother of his children Claude and Paloma. Director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala reteam with Hopkins for the first time since The Remains of the Day in this lusty, sweeping saga. Joined by producer David L. Wolper (Roots), they draw from a vivid filmmaking palette to create an intimate, insightful tale of genius, beauty and obsession.
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Top Customer Reviews
This 2010 dvd disc is coded NTSC and so is playable on North American dvd players and looks very good. There are however no special features, not even a commentary for the film. The movie is loosely based on the biography "Picasso: Creator and Destroyer" by Arianna Huington.
Alas, I was SO disappointed because the color and sound quality of the DVD format is POOR! There is NO EXCUSE for crappy color and sound quality in this day and age!!!!
And there are NO SUBTITLES/CLOSE-CAPTIONS!!!!!! Again, in this day and age, not having subtitles, or close-captioning at the very least is RIDICULOUS!!!!!! It is insensitive to the deaf and hard of hearing community (many of the latter of which are us aging baby-boomers, so it is age-insensitive as well).
Fortunately, I still have the VHS and will keep that so I can view this wonderful movie on a BETTER QUALITY, though out-dated, format...at least until the tape pops...
Geeesh...save your money and stick with the VHS if it still available.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The film is narrated by one of Picasso's lovers, Francoise Gilet. She is exacting and factual in her story telling approach about the father of her two children. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Teresa Eun Young Kwon
I don't even care for his art but nobody is more interesting. About 30 years ago I attended a Smithsonian lecture by Francois Gillout and this brought it to life again.Published 2 months ago by axisgirl
This movie is well acted and informative about the great artist.Published 3 months ago by paintedglyphs
I have seen it three times,Great script,great acting by Hopkins!..It really portraits the character of what is known about Picasso.Published 4 months ago by Pedro J. Baptista
Love, love love this movie. I lost my original, so ordered a new one.Published 5 months ago by Susan M Holliday
Enjoyed the movie and the acting. It is a movie, so historical accuracies are not important to me.Published 6 months ago by Lidia Scher