I love this movie. It’s an obscure gem.
Many years ago I ran across a VHS copy on the shelves of The Odyssey video store in North Hollywood. The title intrigued me, so I rented it. A Swedish film from 1978, it is a comedic biography of Pablo Picasso. I was well into it before I realized they were speaking different European languages. That’s because it relied so much on pantomime. From wikipedia:
The film uses ten languages: Spanish, French, Swedish, German, Finnish, Italian, English, Russian, Norwegian and Latin. Most of these words are very simple (agua, water), sometimes meaning something different than they seem (Don Jose’s military rank, Hauptbahnhof, which means “central rail station” in German) and other times just being complete nonsense.
Here is a great scene…
If this next scene doesn’t make you laugh, you probably shouldn’t be reading this blog.
The entire film is available starting with this part: