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18 May 1956 (France) See more »
A filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing us to see his creative process at work. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pablo Picasso ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Henri-Georges Clouzot ... Himself (uncredited)
Claude Renoir ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Henri-Georges Clouzot 
Produced by
Henri-Georges Clouzot .... producer
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
Cinematography by
Claude Renoir (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Henri Colpi 
Art Department
Pablo Picasso .... painter: original artwork (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound engineer (as Joseph De Bretagne)
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Diot .... assistant camera
Maurice Kaminsky .... assistant camera
Jacques Ripouroux .... camera operator
Music Department
Jacques Métehen .... conductor (as Jacques Metehen)
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Also Known As:
"The Mystery of Picasso" - USA (literal English title)
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78 min
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric)

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Special transparent 'canvases' were constructed so that Pablo Picasso could paint on one side and 'Renoir, Claude' and Henri-Georges Clouzot could film the other.See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Delightful, 23 November 2004
Author: butterfinger

Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Mystery of Picasso starts by announcing that we will have the pleasure of entering the mind of Pablo Picasso, seeing how he gets his creative inspiration; the film promises us that the only way to do this is to watch Picasso's hand. Picasso paints on paper that the ink bleeds through, putting the camera on the other side of Picasso's canvas and watching the a reversed version painting appear in a seemingly magical way. It becomes clear early on that Clouzot is not wholeheartedly trying to show us how Picasso gets his inspiration; that is a mystery. Clouzot wants to capture the joy of painting. That's what makes this film so entertaining: watching bizarre, beautiful images appear out of nowhere. Sometimes Clouzot uses jump-cuts to show us the different phases of a work in progress at a rapid-fire velocity and then reverses the painting in the same jump-cut technique, deconstructing Picasso's. This is all scored to fiery jazz music. We also see Picasso while painting, as his painting is timed. (Picasso has a great screen presence). Clouzot is equally concerned with deconstructing Picasso's work to understand what makes this fast-working artist tick, showing how impossible that task is, and wowing us all the way through. As far as wowing goes, Clouzot did a pretty good job, with scenes that ranged from unforgettable to pleasantly surprising.

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