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The Mystery of Picasso

4K restoration of one of the greatest French films of all time!

In 1955, Clouzot joined forces with his friend 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, 20 works (most of them, in fact, destroyed after the shoot), ranging from playful black-and-white sketches to Cinemascope color murals “artworks which evolve in minutes through the magic of stop-motion animation.

Unavailable for more than a decade, The Mystery of Picasso is exhilarating, mesmerizing, enchanting and unforgettable. The French government declared the film a national treasure in 1984.

"The gold standard of nonfiction films about the creative process."

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

"Through the miracle of time-lapse photography, we see the master knocking out a dozen major works over what purports to be the course of a single day."

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"...a marvelous film"

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

Movie Info

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
85 minutes
In French with English subtitles.

CINEMA ADMISSION:

REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $6
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $5.50
SENIORS (65+): $8
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $8

REAL ART WAYS' FACILITIES ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CAFÉ.