The Mystery Of Picasso + Antonio Gaudi

Showings

Lark Theater Fri, Aug 10 4:00 PM
Lark Theater Sat, Aug 11 4:00 PM
Lark Theater Mon, Aug 13 7:00 PM
Lark Theater Wed, Aug 15 10:30 AM
Lark Theater Fri, Aug 17 2:15 PM
Lark Theater Sun, Aug 19 7:30 PM
Lark Theater Mon, Aug 20 5:00 PM
Lark Theater Wed, Aug 22 1:30 PM
Lark Theater Sun, Aug 26 7:30 PM
Lark Theater Thu, Aug 30 12:30 PM
Lark Theater Mon, Sep 3 4:45 PM
Lark Theater Thu, Sep 6 11:40 AM
Lark Theater Mon, Sep 10 7:15 PM
Lark Theater Thu, Sep 13 2:50 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Double Feature
Picasso starts at showtime. Gaudi starts 90 minutes later.
Rating:NR
Genre:Documentary

Description

DOUBLE FEATURE!


THE MYSTERY OF PICASSO (1956) NEW 4K RESTORATION! Like a matador confronting a bull, the artist approaches his easel, his eyes blazing. As he wields his brush, we see through the canvas as the artwork unfolds, erupts, dances into being before our eyes. Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist of the twentieth century, is making a painting, and Henri-Georges Clouzot, the famous French director (The Wages of Fear and Diabolique), is making a movie. And what a movie!


In 1955, Clouzot joined forces with his friend Picasso to make an entirely new kind of art film "a film that could capture the moment and the mystery of creativity." Together, they devised an innovative technique 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 that evolve in minutes through the magic of stop-motion animation. The Mystery of Picasso is exhilarating, suspenseful, enchanting and unforgettable. It is simply one of the greatest documentaries on art ever made. The French government agreed — in 1984 it declared the film a national treasure.


"When we are all dead, you and me and everyone," Clouzot told Picasso, "the film will still continue to be projected."


ANTONIO GAUDI (1984) Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí (1852–1926) designed some of the world’s most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks; Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara constructed some of the most aesthetically audacious films ever made. Here their artistry melds in a unique, enthralling cinematic experience. Less a documentary than a visual poem, Teshigahara’s Antonio Gaudí takes viewers on a tour of Gaudí’s truly spectacular architecture, including his massive, still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. With camera work as bold and sensual as the curves of his subject's organic structures, Teshigahara immortalizes Gaudí on film.