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Genius 

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The life stories of history's greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.
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In the season finale, Pablo finds companionship with a new woman. In near seclusion, Pablo obsesses over creating the perfect painting. Gilot struggles to escape Picasso's shadow even ...


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Cast

Series cast summary:
Samantha Colley ...  Dora Maar / ... 15 episodes, 2017-2018
Seth Gabel ...  Michele Besso / ... 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Antonio Banderas ...  Pablo Picasso 10 episodes, 2018
Clémence Poésy ...  Françoise Gilot 10 episodes, 2018
T.R. Knight ...  Max Jacob / ... 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Cynthia Erivo ...  Aretha Franklin 10 episodes, 2020
Michael McElhatton ...  Dr. Philipp Lenard / ... 9 episodes, 2017-2018
Johnny Flynn ...  Young Albert Einstein / ... 9 episodes, 2017-2018
Alex Rich ...  Young Pablo Picasso 9 episodes, 2018
Bruno Paviot ...  Marcel 7 episodes, 2018
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The life stories of history's greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.

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Official Sites:

National Geographic

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Genius See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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2.00 : 1
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Antonio Banderas appeared in The Mask of Zorro (1998) with Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins played Picasso in Surviving Picasso (1996). See more »

Goofs

The scene where Einstein's associates travel to Crimea in order to photograph the solar eclipse is shot in a snowy scenery. The expedition took place in August, 1914 and it's too early for snow, even in Russia. See more »

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Fascinating Ideas - Genius: Picasso
25 December 2018 | by Tail_End_CharlieSee all my reviews

An all-around good cast, with brilliant production design and costuming. The story was fairly good, but is somewhat predictable in how it depends on revealing well-worn cliches about struggling artists. This project would have been quite challenging to make--he lived a long time, and experienced a lot. I liked the ideas discussed in this series, and the fascinating historical references, illuminated by various characters.

I especially liked Knight in his role as the tormented Jacob, and Poésy was wonderful as Gilot... her understated portrayal was convincing. I have mixed feelings about Banderas in the lead, although he was clearly committed. Perhaps Diego Luna would have had a different take (a quieter intensity) if he had been cast, and he resembles Picasso a bit.

I generally don't complain about makeup, but when this film featured Picasso in his final years, his appearance did not look genuine, and it was distracting... a heavily made-up face decorated with lumps just does not do it. The real-life Picasso actually aged fairly well.


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