By 1955 Clouzot was established as the director of classic noirish thrillers such as Wages of Fear (1952) and Les Diaboliques (1954). That summer, however, he spent eight hours a day at Pablo Picasso's studio in Nice filming his friend at work and creating what was described by a critic as "the most beautiful suspense film ever made." The most intense and captivating sequences were created by filming the reverse side of transparent or semi-transparent surfaces as Picasso painted on them. Willsdon introduces the film (1956, 78 min.), whose title means "the Picasso mystery," and leads a post-screening discussion.
Film Screening and Talk: Le Mystère Picasso by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Related Exhibition Picasso and American Art
Tuesday, March 06, 2007, 11:00 a.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SFMOMA