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also known as Le mystère Picasso

The Mystery of Picasso1956

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In 1955, French director Henri-Georges Clouzot joined forces with his friend Pablo Picasso to make an entirely new kind of art film, "a film that could capture the moment and the mystery of creativity." Together, they devised an innovative technique the filmmaker placed his camera behind a semi-transparent surface on which the artist drew with special inks that bled through. Clouzot thus captured a perfect reverse image of Picasso's brushstrokes and the motion picture screen itself becomes the artist's canvas. Here, the master creates, and sometimes obliterates, twenty works (most of them, in fact, destroyed after the shoot), ranging from playful black-and-white sketches to Cinemascope color murals. "When we are all dead, you and me and everyone," said Clouzot to Picasso, "the film will still continue to be projected."

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A MasterPiece Film. Astonishing. Mesmerizing. Fantastic. Brilliant. Unbelievable. Breathtaking. A terrific art class in 74 minutes! I was so engaged. I will rinse and repeat. What I think I see him doing at the beginning of a painting and then as it becomes "a Picasso" in the middle and end are so vastly different that my mind was boggled each time. I learned quite a lot about color, brush strokes, the woiks.

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A Cinematic masterpiece, an absolute must see for anyone who has an appreciation for the creative process. The viewer is afforded the opportunity to watch Pablo Picasso draw right on their own screen. The camera is focused on the transparent paper, affording the viewer to watch Picasso sketch right on the canvas. Twenty or so pieces of work, what more could one possibly ask for. An absolute treasure, brilliant, and a cinematic achievement for the world to treasure and cherish for all time.