The Mystery of Picasso

Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot (1956)

Let's just stop arguing about who the greatest artist of the 20th century was. It's a fairly futile argument, but we can all agree that Pablo Picasso is always right in the heat of that discussion. I think we can also agree that there simply is nobody quite like Pablo Picasso. We've all seen his works several times, but how many of us have seen him work? Seen that golden skinned and slightly gnarled body as it contemplates the canvas, ruminates over a colour? This film created in 1956 by Henri-Georges Clouzot, is utterly unique - just like its subject.

Picasso created 10 uniques canvasses for this film, he moves from black and white to colour, from thin brush to thick, and all the way along, we are entranced. No frustrating voice-over here, no pompous sermonising, no lectures in the man's relevance. Just an intimate visit that will haunt you for a long time. Legendary New York-based film critic Pauline Kael said famously of this film, "One of the most exciting and joyful films ever made." And she hit the nail right on the head there.


DVD $29.95

1 x DVD

Language: French (with English subtitles)

Run Time: 78 min

Rating: Exempt from classification

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Year: 1956

"One of the most exciting and joyous films ever made"

- Pauline Kael