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The Mystery of Picasso

The Mystery of Picasso
Documentary | 1956 | PG. 1hr 15min
CAST: Pablo Picasso, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Claude Renoir DIRECTOR: Henri-Georges Clouzot

In 1955, Clouzot joined forces with his friend Picasso to make an entirely new kind of art film — a film that could capture the moment and the mystery of creativity. Together, they devised an innovative technique — the filmmaker placed his camera behind a semi-transparent surface on which the artist drew with special inks that bled through.

Clouzot thus captured a perfect reverse image of Picasso’s brushstrokes and the motion picture screen itself becomes the artist’s canvas. Here, the master creates, and sometimes obliterates, 20 works (most of them, in fact, destroyed after the shoot), ranging from playful black-and-white sketches to Cinemascope color murals — artworks which evolve in minutes through the magic of stop-motion animation. Unavailable for more than a decade, The Mystery of Picasso is exhilarating, mesmerizing, enchanting and unforgettable. It is simply one of the greatest documentaries on art ever made.

One of the most exciting and joyful movies ever made!
Pauline Kael
Rare, precious and irreplaceable. This is an unparalleled opportunity to watch one of the world's most creative minds - the Twentieth Century equivalent of watching Michelangelo transform the Sistine chapel.
Catharine Rambeau, Detroit Free Press
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