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The Mystery of Picasso
The Mystery of Picasso
Actors: Pablo Picasso, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Claude Renoir, María Casares, Jacques Pruvost
Directors: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Alain Resnais, Robert Hessens
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
PG     2003     1hr 15min

Like a matador confronting a bull, the artist approaches his easel. As he wields his brush, the painting dances into being before our eyes. Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist of the 20th century, is making art, and...  more »


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Actors: Pablo Picasso, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Claude Renoir, María Casares, Jacques Pruvost
Directors: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Alain Resnais, Robert Hessens
Creators: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Claude Renoir, Henry Ferrand, Alain Resnais, Henri Colpi, Pierre Braunberger, Paul Éluard
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Art & Artists, Educational, Biography
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/04/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1956
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1956
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 12
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

The Eye Molds the Canvas
S. Levin | Danbury, CT USA | 01/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A Fabulous film showing how an artist- in this case Picasso- takes a blank sheet of paper or canvas and transforms it into a work of art. Thru a special process that lets the inks bleed thru to the wrong side of the canvas where a camera captures the developement of a drawing from the first placement of a brush stroke to the final completed drawing/painting. Sometimes it is truly amazing to see what comes forth from the humble beginnings. We also are able to follow the developement of paintings as well with the aide of stop motion photography. I wish I were an art teacher so I could share this with my students! An enjoyable film for anyone with an interest in art!"
Luis M. Benito | San Diego, CA USA | 09/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is a real treat, as gives us an insight into the work of Picasso by literally allowing us to see the master at work and how his simple brush strokes incredibly evolve into masterpieces, in some instances even metamorphosing before our eyes from a figurative piece in to a cubist expression of the same. This is a film that I was pleasantly surprised to see my 5-year-old son sit through shearing my amazement as Picasso worked for the camera. It's a definite "must have" for those that like Picasso and who, after viewing this movie, will appreciate his work even more!"
Jose M Estrada | Houston, TX | 12/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I once saw this film on television, late at night. This was at least ten years ago, and despite having seen it only once, many of the images are still fresh in my mind. Along with Alex Cox's "Vincent", an extraordinary documentary about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, this is probably the best portrait of the work and life of an artist. Worth every penny."
A unique and invaluable film
Jorge L. Peschiera | New York, NY | 10/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a straightforward documentation of Picasso's painting and drawing process. If you are looking for commentary, historical background, etc. look elsewhere. That being said, the film is a unique opportunity to see the master at work. Most interesting are the paintings, which utterly transform before your eyes as he creates and destroys layers upon layers of imagery before being satisfied with the result. It is impossible to see these hidden and discarded images, many of which are dazzling, in a finished Picasso. Some of the works in this film are masterpieces superior to many Picassos that hang in museums today, and they can only be seen here."