Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Mystery Of Picasso

Le mystère Picasso

1956, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France, 75 min. With Pablo Picasso.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 14th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 14th 6:15pm
  • Sat, Sep 15th 1:30pm
  • Sat, Sep 15th 5:30pm
  • Sun, Sep 16th 3:15pm
  • Wed, Sep 19th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Sep 20th 6:00pm
New 4K restoration!

"One of the most exciting and joyful movies ever made." - Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

"Hugely rewarding, a sort of high art precursor to Jonathan Demme's STOP MAKING SENSE where layers are built upon layers in a dizzying work of artifice and expression." - Lewis Porteous, The Skinny

Clouzot and his friend Picasso joined forces to make a new kind of art film - one that would capture the mystery and process of creativity. Using special inks that bled through a semi-transparent surface, the indefatigable artist created a series of paintings that were to be destroyed at the end of the shoot. We see the canvas as it unfolds chronologically, filling with lines, exploding with colors, and, at one point, expanding into CinemaScope to follow the breadth of the artist's vision. Painting is presented as an existential adventure, with the artist like a boxer, juggler, dancer, bullfighter. In French with English subtitles. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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