Surviving Picasso

Character: Dora Maar
Directed by: James Ivory
Written by: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Produced by: Ismail Merchant, David L. Wolper
Other cast: Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Joss Ackland, Peter Eyre, Jane Lapotaire, Joseph Maher, Bob Peck, Diane Venora, Joan Plowright
Release date: September 20, 1996
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Running time: 2h 5min

World-renowned painter Pablo Picasso is notorious for his infidelity, but his French lover, Françoise Gilot, manages to weather her stormy relationship with him better than many other women. While serving as Picasso's muse and the mother of two of his children, Gilot -- an artist in her own right -- has to contend with his relationships with other women, including his wife, dancer Olga Khokhlova, and photographer Dora Maar.

Taglines

→ Only his passion for women could rival his passion for painting.

Character’s Quotes

• You may be a great painter, but you are morally corrupt. You’ve contaminated the whole world.
• Perhaps she thinks you’ll immortalize her. Don’t raise her hopes, Picassos may prove to be no more immortal than the skeleton of some extinct bird of prey.
• It’s true, I do not have a child. But I think he finds me equally, if not more amusing without one.
• …you look like you’ve been breathing in the air in Picasso’s studio. Peculiar air… sometimes it seems like poison gas… and then you find you cannot breathe in any other.
• I don’t like cats. But when my dog died, he gave me a cat. I still have it. It’s called Moumoune. He gave it that name. It’s a very vicious cat. Look… He’ll leave you when he’s ready. Even then, you won’t be free of him. After him, without him, there is nothing. After Picasso, only God. And Moumoune… that cat just won’t die.