The Mystery of Picasso
From 9 years old
Documentary / France / 1956 / 1h18 / French Version
Original Title : Le Mystère Picasso
Production : Filmsonor
Screenplay : Henri-Georges Clouzot and Pablo Picasso
Photography : Claude Renoir
Music : Georges Auric
Distribution : Gaumont
Using a method to paint in a transparent manner, the camera offers a live capture of Picasso’s creative thought process. The canvas comes to life before our very eyes : it moves, transforms, explodes, goes from black and white to colours, becomes still, breaks down and follows the immediate inspiration of the painter.
Born in 1907, Clouzot starts as a journalist, then a scriptwriter before directing The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (L’assassin habite au 21, 1942). The very controversial The Raven (Le Corbeau, 1943) earned him a professional suspension until 1947, release date of Quai des orfèvres. Rewarded in Venice, his realistic and dark cinema makes a lasting impression. He then directs The Wages of fear (Le Salaire de la peur, Grand Prize of the Cannes Festival in 1952), Les Diaboliques (1955) and The Mystery of Picasso (Le Mystère Picasso, Jury Special Prize in Cannes in 1956), three memorable works in his prolific cinema career. He dies in 1977. The script for his unfinished work Hell (L’Enfer), is adapted in 1994 by Claude Chabrol.
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