Streaming: The Mystery of Picasso

(Le mystère Picasso)

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One of the most exciting and joyful movies ever made.

Pauline Kael

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In a style devised for this film about his artist pal, Henri-Georges Clouzot sets up a camera behind a translucent surface, so that the maestro’s every painterly gesture is recorded. Paintings emerge from the seemingly effortless frenzy of flourishes, some successful, some merely a mimicry of Picasso performing himself—“superficial,” he cries out at one point, then revises his failed work, backtracking, shifting the weight, collaging, adding color, imposing new ideas in a continual, fluid process. Now and then the director approves, to which Picasso responds, “At least it’s a painting.” Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this colorful glimpse of the seventy-five-year-old Picasso captures the fecund nature of his creative process, a spontaneous revelation of form in continual transformation.

Steve Seid
  • Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • Claude Renoir
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W/Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 78 mins
  • Milestone Films