The Mystery of Picasso (Le mystère Picasso)
The Mystery of Picasso (Le mystère Picasso) (2000)

Famed French suspense specialist Henri-Georges Clouzot concentrates upon a real-life enigma in The Mystery of Picasso. While we are treated to several scenes of the legendary Spanish artist at work, explanations of his inspiration are not… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 29, 2000
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

We wonder how many moviegoers will want to sit for well more than an hour and watch a largely repetitious performance that amounts to a sheer artistic stunt.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The work's potential impact is diminished by the gimmicky setup and Picasso's flip approach.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Probably best regarded as a fascinating failure, but a failure all the same.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The gold standard of nonfiction films about the creative process.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

An invaluable document, even if the camera seems to ultimately corset rather than unleash the aging Minotaur

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

This marvelous film, made in 1956 by Henri-Georges Clouzot ... simply sits back in awe as the grand old man, shirtless and confident, does what he does best.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

works remarkably well for a select audience

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

This is a remarkable and unique work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Lesley N
Documentary showing Picasso doing his drawings with a felt-tip pen (or someting like it), encouraged by Claude Renoir (Renoirs grandson no less). A little bit… More
Wu Chouin
Fascinating doc that actually shows Picasso working on transparent canvasses. A nice insight into the creative process.