The artist approaches his easel, wields his brush and the painting dances into being before our eyes. Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artist of the 20th century, is making art, and French director Henri-Georges Clouzot is making a movie.
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When you look at him swapping all those inventive layers and you think that most of the old, beautiful ones are buried under the new ones and lost forever... and you are aware that you liked them a lot but it means nothing to him... then you start having a clue of what's inside the mind of a genius. Or, perhaps, what I have written is exactly what that genius wants you to believe. A brilliant and wonderful film.
There are some amazing scenes in this, but instead of being "transfixed by the creative process and its mystery" I found myself feeling like I was watching a screen-saver half the time. It's worth a gander however, if only to see Picasso and Clouzot smoking their tobaccos and thinking intensely.
un film bersoniano, escribió bazin. las reflexiones del crítico-teórico francés a propósito de esta película son tan importantes como el film mismo. quien tenga alguna duda o siente curiosidad, que le de vuelta a la primera página
An interesting look at the process of a brilliant artist. It remarkably shows great works-in-progress that are painted over (or ruined?) again and again as the idea for Picasso's painting is changing before our eyes. You catch glimpses of some beautiful art that has never been seen before nor will be seen again.
NOTES—got to love these French attempts at ‘pure’ documentary/one blinks and asks themselves ‘where is he?’/from a critical perspective I just want to list colors[good thing]/jump cuts work stylistically a successfully avoids tedium/footage in reverse smart bc deconstruction just as telling as construction/break:: chat:: change to over-the-shoulder/TIME CRUNCH:: gives tension and characterizes our figures [...]