The Mystery of Picasso (2000)
Critic Reviews for The Mystery of Picasso
We wonder how many moviegoers will want to sit for well more than an hour and watch a largely repetitious performance that amounts to a sheer artistic stunt.
The gold standard of nonfiction films about the creative process.
This marvelous film, made in 1956 by Henri-Georges Clouzot ... simply sits back in awe as the grand old man, shirtless and confident, does what he does best.
The work's potential impact is diminished by the gimmicky setup and Picasso's flip approach.
Through the miracle of time-lapse photography, we see the master knocking out a dozen major works over what purports to be the course of a single day.
Audience Reviews for The Mystery of Picasso
Fascinating doc that actually shows Picasso working on transparent canvasses. A nice insight into the creative process.
Documentary showing Picasso doing his drawings with a felt-tip pen (or someting like it), encouraged by Claude Renoir (Renoirs grandson no less). A little bit like watching Rolf Harris at work ("Can you guess what it is yet?") but better... after all, it's Picasso. PICASSO!! Bloody fantastic. I was mesmerized.
[center][font=Times New Roman][size=4][img]http://pruebas.amman.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Imagenes/misterio_picasso.jpg[/img][/size][/font][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]Summary (from IMDB): Using a specially designed transparent 'canvas' to provide an unobstructed view, Picasso creates as the camera rolls. He begins with simple works that take shape after only a single brush stroke. He then progresses to more complex paintings, in which he repeatedly adds and removes elements, transforming the entire scene at will, until at last the work is complete.[/size][/font] [center][img]http://pixhost.eu/avaxhome/avaxhome/2007-06-12/PDVD_013.jpg[/img][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]Perhaps if I knew more about drawing and painting, I would have liked this movie more. Something about watching paintings appear on a screen for over an hour really tested my patience. The Mystery of Picasso literally consisted of a blank canvas where lines and images appeared as if out of nowhere as Picasso created works of art. In the background is a variety of music. Easily the most interesting parts were the very occasional breaks where Picasso and the film crew were filmed and we got to listen in on their conversations. Also, some of the paintings had interesting processes including the way paintings are 'edited', but at 80 minutes, it was way too much. I would have preferred a 30 minute short.[/size][/font]
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