The Mystery of Picasso

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Film:

The Mystery of Picasso

Showtimes:

Thursday Dec 13 01:00 PM
Tuesday Dec 18 07:30 PM
Wednesday Dec 19 07:30 PM
Thursday Dec 20 07:30 PM
Sunday Dec 23 04:00 PM

Location:

Doris Duke Theatre

Price:

Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


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About the Film:

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. 1956. USA. 78 min.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the new 4K restoration of this landmark art film. In 1955, the famous French filmmaker Henri-Georges Clouzot joined forces with his friend Picasso to make an entirely new kind of art film. Together, they devised an innovative technique in which 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 stands alone as the greatest film about art and the creator. The French government agreed: in 1984, it declared the film a national treasure.

"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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