Thursday, October 3, 2013

Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

Picasso's The Young Ladies of Avignon and Louis Lumiere's Danse serpentine
As the movies began to burgeon around the turn of the Twentieth Century, Pablo Picasso and George Braques were two of the many people who started to fall under their spell. Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies argues that from these early cinematic experiences, the two young artists gained the inspiration to craft many of their works. Presented and narrated by Martin Scorsese, PABGTTM is a revealing documentary, offering many side by side comparisons of the artists' work and their supposed inspirational sources.  The material does seem slight however, even at only an hour running length, and the film does ultimately grow as repetitious as those Cubist paintings that the early movies spawned.