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Release Date:
18 May 1956 (France) See more »
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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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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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A priceless document for anyone seriously interested in art See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Mystery of Picasso" - USA (literal English title)
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Runtime:
78 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric)
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Trivia:
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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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A priceless document for anyone seriously interested in art, 26 January 2005
Author: stephen-357 from United States

One of the greatest filmmakers of France, Henri-Georges Clouzot, makes a film about his friend Pablo Picasso, perhaps the 20th Century's most renown artist. Clouzot begins with a proposition: if one were present at the conception of a great artistic masterpiece such as Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, and could peek inside the mind of the artist, what would one see? Fortunately, the visual art of painting offers a filmmaker that insight, and so Clouzot begins with Picasso in a dark room with white light directed at an empty canvas. The artist, like a bullfighter, confronts and ultimately displaces the empty space with drama and suspense. Clouzot takes a minimalist approach which chooses to focus on the art rather than the artist, and he achieves this objective by having Picasso sit on one side of a translucent canvas, and the camera on the other capturing only the ink or paint that has been administered, without the distraction or impediment of the artist - pure creation. A window into the mind of the artist! Twenty artworks are created in this manner, each being overlayed with the often suspenseful sounds of Georges Auric's excellent score. With THE MYSTERY OF PICASSO, art becomes exhilarating as one attempts to anticipate what Picasso will do next. "How will he resolve this problem?" Clouzot has created a priceless document for anyone seriously interested in art.

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