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Picasso Summer

Disenchanted with his work as an architect and turned off by the hipper-than-thou ’60s San Francisco art scene, George has a breakthrough idea: chuck it all and go meet the one real artist he admires. So off to Europe he and adoring wife Alice fly.



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Picasso Summer
 
3.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (4)
  • Great cinematography (3)
  • Original (3)

Cons

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    4.0

    Lost World

    By Lethe

    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Beautiful Score
    • Entertaining
    • Original
    • Road Movie

    Cons

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        Comments about Picasso Summer:

        For years, I've had this picture in my head of the perfect vacation - deciding on a whim to run off to France with my man, and then biking our way along the Cote d'Azur, all while humming this curiously persistent little scrap of melody that seemed to permeate the very atmosphere of the place. Somehow, queer little dancing figures a la Miro are mixed up in it, too. But wait. This all reminds me of a movie I saw once, a long time ago. Now, what was it called? The inevitable google expedition finally turned up The Picasso Summer. Of course! Albert Finney! Yvette Mimieux! (Weena, come back in time for a little R&R after the Morlocks bit the dust and the Eloi had to go back to work). And not Miro's, but Picasso's dancing figures. And the song? The glorious Summer Me, Winter Me. Pack my bags, I'm off to the Riviera. Well, maybe not. Maybe I'll just back out of google and go off to the WBshop to order a reprint of the movie, to see if it lives up to the dream. Two days later, it does, for the most part. Yes, it's a bit dated, but in a good way. The hip 60's scene is here in its pretentious glory, but also, that dreamy Mediterranean coastline, and the quest for understanding a different way of seeing the world. There are some very lovely animations of Picasso's paintings and drawings, and a rather bloodcurdlingly realistic detour to Spain to visit Dominquin the iconic bullfighter that I did not remember at all. But there exists a much better and very informative review than I could ever write. Since the WBshop won't allow html, look for the website moviemorlocks and search for A Tale of Two Films: The Picasso Summer. Then, return here to buy the movie and go on your own dream quest along the Cote d'Azur of the 1960s. It's a lost world, but you can still catch a glimpse of it here.

         
        3.0

        Boring plot line

        By Teenster

        from Texas

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        Pros

        • Great Cinematography

        Cons

        • Disappointing
        • Not What I Expected

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          Comments about Picasso Summer:

          I didn't like the storyline and disliked the long segments of Picasso's artwork being animated.

           
          4.0

          Worth waiting for!

          By Tild Dallelie

          from Eden Prairie, MN

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          Pros

          • Amazing animation
          • Beautiful travelogue
          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Great Cinematography
          • High Production Value
          • Informative
          • Original
          • Quirky
          • Unusual

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            Comments about Picasso Summer:

            I have wanted to own this movie ever since I first saw it years ago on TV at 2 in the morning. It is not only a gorgeous travelogue, with great music and a wonderful story, but it also contains a truly remarkable animation sequence -- Picasso's bullfighting drawings come to vivid, surreal, almost psychedelic life. The picture and sound quality on the DVD are excellent. A true treasure! Well worth waiting for!

             
            4.0

            1969 "Art" Film with excellent music

            By Bill

            from Lakewood, CO

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            Pros

            • Original
            • Stylish

            Cons

            • Style over substance

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            Comments about Picasso Summer:

            The Picasso Summer is worth seeing for its uniqueness. It was never released to theaters in 1969, and this is the later TV version. Given the film's chaotic history, it's not surprising that it's rather disjointed. Still, the film may resonate with today's audiences, because it uses many of the 1960s "artistic" techniques that are being recycled in current films. Although the print is a bit rough in a few spots, it is generally clear and colorful. Michel Legrand's music is a lost treasure.

             
            4.0

            An interesting light and airy film

            By An ardent film collector

            from Little Rock, AR

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            Pros

            • Entertaining

            Cons

            • A 1970s type story

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about Picasso Summer:

            I enjoyed this film when it first came out years ago and have waited for years for it to come to DVD. I personally love the film it's not a film for everyone. The acting is not that great and the story line is somewhat thin but it's a light-airy type movie that got me hooked on it when I first saw it years ago. The movie also has an interesting back story in that it was made by one corporation that was later acquired by another corporation so the film sat in the close gathering dust until the new owner decided to release it (or so I was told). If you don't like some bull fighting scenes you might not like this movie.

            Almost forgot, I love the theme music which has been going around in my head since I first saw the film.

             
            3.0

            Ok movie of it's era!

            By Bob

            from Chicago

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            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining

            Cons

            • Poor Plot Development

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            • Adult Viewers
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            Comments about Picasso Summer:

            I bought this with low expectations, but I like the 2 stars. This isn't the best work for either of them but it is pleasant. It's somewhat typical of it's era being a "don't sell out to the establishment" light drama, but the scenery is very good, you get to see a lot of Picasso art, and the leads are appealing to spend the time with. Not a great film but a nice of a couple of hours.

             
            4.0

            An enchanting summer

            By The Librarian

            from Minneapolis, MN

            About Me Movie Buff

            Pros

            • Great Cinematography

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers

              Comments about Picasso Summer:

              I don't believe this movie was ever released in U.S. theaters. I saw it on the CBS Late Movie back in the 70's. (This print bears a WB Television credit at the very beginning.) The story is not unlike "Two For the Road" (which I enjoyed more, also starring Finney)dealing with a couple exploring the ups and downs of their marriage. Great animation sequences based on Picasso's artwork. I could've done without the prolonged, bloody bullfight scene though.Based on a Ray Bradbury story.As with other of these made-to-order DVDs (DVD-R) my copy froze up in several places, so I'd have to skip ahead a chapter or two and then reverse back to the problem spot. When we're paying [$] or more I'd expect better quality control.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Looking for something lost along the way

              By Owlwise12

              from NJ

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              Pros

              • Engaging
              • Funny
              • Imaginative
              • Thoughtful

              Cons

              • Uneven

              Best Uses

              • Education
              • Entertainment

              Comments about Picasso Summer:

              A lost gem about second thoughts, missed chances, abandoned dreams. The animation sequences add to the emotional impact, and the two leads (Albert Finney & Yvette Mimieux) are terrific together. The picture quality is quite good for a film of its age, especially one that hasn't been remastered, with rich & vivid colors.

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