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362 Ratings

The Mystery of Picasso

Le mystère Picasso

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
France, 1956
Documentary, Biography


The artist approaches his easel, wields his brush and the painting dances into being before our eyes. Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artist of the 20th century, is making art, and French director Henri-Georges Clouzot is making a movie.

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The Mystery of Picasso Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Critics reviews

What Clouzot delivers with the help of Picasso isn’t quite that process either, because of all the radical abridgement and speeding-up he does of Picasso’s physical activity, giving us the italicized highpoints as he sees them while editing out many of the doubts and uncertainties—a bit of a con job, in short, that seemingly turns painting into doodling.
July 02, 2018
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It’s legitimately not necessary for the viewer to buy into any concomitant hagiographic genius mythology (although you gotta sell tickets to a movie like this somehow) . . . but any artist of any medium, amateur or professional, will find it hard to miss the message: looking at paintings in a museum is like watching the footprints on a theater stage after all the actors have gone home.
September 24, 2010
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