You must do the following:
Represent the person’s entire life as a series of grand cliches.
If the person produced something (scientific, artistic), have their character experience something verging on mystical that will inevitably lead them to their breakthrough.
Bog down truly dramatic moments by presenting them as those most boring cinematic shorthand possible- rush to the hospital, physical collapse which represents the inevitable tragedy of person
Try to wrap the movie in ideas and images you don’t really understand, but believe reflect the person’s intent or creation.
Politics is taken as nothing more than scenery- another roadsign on the highway through their life.
Granted, you are condensing a person’s life into a few hours, so you are going to have to do some condensing, but all of these movies are the same- Pollack, Friday, A Beautiful Mind, Kinsey– they are all more or less the same. It always feel like by trying to tell the story of a person’s life, they forget about that person’s humanity, what they truly did, their relevance. I’m not sure if part of it is a desire to attract an audience or the simple inability for filmmakers to see beyond cliche.