Picassos äventyr (1978) IMDb

Categorization

Surreal comedy with some dark and socialist tones, thus representative of its auteur creators, the duo Hasseåtage. Overtly untrue biopic with occasional musical numbers.

Subject

The life of Pablo Picasso, including the seldom remembered time when his father, holding the rank of Hauptbahnhof in the German armed forces, failed to spot a war refugee whom Picasso had helped conceal as a soldier joining the search party to look for himself upon entering Picasso’s apartment.

Commentary

Some ingredients of this paradoxically good film:

  • Deliberate reliance on kitsch and prejudice to describe important and unimportant world events: One street in the small Swedish town of Tomelilla is unambitiously dressed up as at least four different metropolises, always with a newspaper headquartered in the building furthest to the right.

  • Actual metropolitanism: 9 languages are spoken, almost all of them so poorly that any Western viewer and most others can get by with a translation only of the narrator’s voice.

  • Melancholy criticism of war and capital: Picasso’s father survives not only his own death and his distinguished service under the Nazis, but also Picasso’s final escape from life, making money off of his son all the while. The narrator very sincerely and directly criticizes Picasso for losing his ideals.

References here: Life Is Beautiful (1997).

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