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.


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

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[T]his film demonstrates how an artwork made in time and from time can offer a glimpse into eternity.

Jan 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The gold standard of nonfiction films about the creative process.

Feb 14, 2002 | Rating: 5/5

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.

Sep 28, 2001

The work's potential impact is diminished by the gimmicky setup and Picasso's flip approach.

Aug 16, 2001

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.

Apr 25, 2001 | Full Review…

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


Fascinating doc that actually shows Picasso working on transparent canvasses. A nice insight into the creative process.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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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.

Lesley N
Lesley N

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