The Mystery of Picasso: Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. With Pablo Picasso, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Claude Renoir. A filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing us to see his creative process at work.
- Henri-Georges Clouzot
- Documentary, Biography, History
The Mystery of Picasso (105) 7.6 1 h 14 min 1957 NR In 1955, French director Henri-Georges Clouzot joined forces with his friend Pablo Picasso to make an entirely new kind of art film, "a film that could capture the moment and the mystery of creativity." Directors Henri-Georges Clouzot Genres Historical, Documentary, International Subtitles
- 74 min
The Mystery of Picasso ( French: Le mystère Picasso) is a 1956 French documentary film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. In it, the painter Pablo Picasso produces 20 drawings and paintings, at first using inks that bleed through the paper on which he is drawing, with the act of creation filmed in real-time from the backside of the easel, and later using oil paints, with Clouzot employing a stop-motion -like effect to depict the development and modification of the works.
Movie Info Director Henri-Georges Clouzot peers into the imagination of Pablo Picasso's studio and emerges with a quiet documentary that captures the revolutionary painter's creative process....
Henri-Georges Clouzot, best known for his classic French thriller Les Diaboliques, took on a different mystery in 1956: the creative process and the essence of an artist, namely Pablo Picasso. Utilising transparent canvases so the camera of Claude Renoir could directly capture an artwork s creation, Picasso created 20 artworks for the film.
In 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot joined forces with his friend Pablo Picasso to make an entirely new kind of documentary – one that captured the moment and the mystery of creativity. For the film, Picasso created 20 artworks, ranging from playful B&W sketches to widescreen color paintings. Using inks that bled through the paper, Picasso rapidly created fanciful drawings that Clouzot was able to film from the reverse side, capturing their creation in real time.