The Mystery of Picasso

March 14, 2019


From the director of Le Corbeau, Wages of Fear, and Diabolique

(1956) “To be able to understand a painter’s mind, one need only follow his hand.” A white screen. And then lines, points, shades almost magically appear, sometimes in real time, with the squeak of each brushstroke resonating; sometimes in seemingly continuous animation, or dramatically appearing whole in stages, to Georges Auric’s festively thunderous music. Pablo Picasso at work, drawing in inks and oils on semi-transparent materials, while Clouzot’s camera observes the results from behind. Twenty works resulted from the hand of the master (all reportedly consigned to the flames afterwards), allowing us to understand the mind of the most influential artist of the 20th century. DCP. Approx. 78 min.

Presented with support from the George Fasel Memorial Fund for Classic French Cinema

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