The Mystery of Picasso DVD

The Mystery of Picasso

Henri-Georges Clouzot, best known for his classic French thriller Les Diaboliques, took on a different mystery in 1956: the creative process and the essence of an artist, namely Pablo Picasso.

Utilising transparent canvases so the camera of Claude Renoir could directly capture an artwork’s creation, Picasso created 20 artworks for the film. At first, these are simple sketches in marker, but each grows in complexity until the final reel, when The Mystery of Picasso switches to a CinemaScope ratio and bursts into colour.

One of the greatest documentary portraits of an artist of work, this release is accompanied by two other films of Picasso: Paul Haesaerts’ BAFTA-winning A Visit to Picasso from 1949 and a charming ‘home movie’ by fellow artist Man Ray.


Production Year: 1956
Region Code: 2
UK Rating: E
Running Time: 78 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: French
Subtitles: English
Audio: Mono 1.0
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1 & 2.35:1
Colour: B&W / Colour
Director Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cast Pablo Picasso


• Standard Definition presentation, from materials supplied by Gaumont

• Original French mono audio

• Optional English subtitles

Visit to Picasso, Paul Haesaerts’ 1949 BAFTA-winning documentary on the painter, capturing Picasso at work in his Vallauris studio

La Garoupe, a 1937 ‘home movie’ by Man Ray, in black and white and colour, of Picasso and friends holidaying near Antibes

Picasso, My Father, an interview with Maya Picasso

The Mystery of Picasso Restored, a before-and-after demonstration of the restoration process

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm

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