The Mystery of Picasso (Le mystère Picasso)

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Famed French suspense specialist Henri-Georges Clouzot concentrates upon a real-life enigma in The Mystery of Picasso. While we are treated to several scenes of the legendary Spanish artist at work, explanations of his inspiration are not always forthcoming. As with Pablo Picasso's paintings, this documentary is meant to be experienced, not understood. The in-progress paintings displayed in The Mystery of Picasso were destroyed by the artist after the film was completed, thus this feature-length documentary has in the past forty years assumed the status of "Must See." The brilliant Technicolor cinematography was the handiwork of Jean Renoir's nephew Claude. Mystery of Picasso was released in America by United Artists.

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Critic Reviews for The Mystery of Picasso (Le mystère Picasso)

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Audience Reviews for The Mystery of Picasso (Le mystère Picasso)

  • Jan 15, 2011
    Fascinating doc that actually shows Picasso working on transparent canvasses. A nice insight into the creative process.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2010
    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. <img src="http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema/images/fall%202010/MysteryOfPicasso.jpg">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer

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