I finished watching the French language film La bande à Picasso (with English subtitles) on Amazon today. I highly recommend this cute and entertaining film if you are interested in Picasso’s life when he first lived in Paris in the early 1900’s. The film was made in 2012 and was directed by Fernando Colomo of Spain.
I did not know this, but Picasso was suspected of being behind the theft of the Mona Lisa when it was stolen from the Louvre and was missing for a couple of years. He and his friend Guillaume Apollinaire, the writer and poet, were questioned and Apollinaire had to take the fall of a theft of some sculpted heads from the Louvre. At the time, Picasso hung out with Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Georges Braque, Fernande Olivier, and Marie Laurencin. Fernande and Picasso were lovers and were together for approximately 7 years during this time, and Ms. Laurencin and Apollinaire were lovers as well. This incident in the young artists lives ruined the friendship between Picasso and Apollinaire.
This film was made in Budapest on a very low budget (US$5 million).
La Bande à Picasso has inspired me to read Fernande Olivier’s recollections of this time in her book, Loving Picasso: The Private Journal of Fernande Olivier.
By the way, Picasso, Apollinaire, and the rest of his gang had nothing to do with the theft of the Mona Lisa. You can read more about the theft HERE